The Art of the Interview

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Cara Van Dorn makes a home visit.

In this course, students get a lot of experience with interviewing clients, their family members and witnesses.  From the opening chitchat to the final summary, students learn how to conduct a thorough interview.

Maria Collins had some particularly challenging interviews.  She worked with a client who had had a stroke a few years ago and tended to get off track. Maria found it hard not to be overly deferential and to keep the discussion on the legal tasks at hand.  It helped, she found, to be direct about the time constraints and to not follow up when the client brought up new topics.

Interviewing requires getting and giving information while also clarifying misunderstandings, all while being empathetic.  It can sometimes be tough!

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