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Interviewing and Investigation

Sherlock 

Course Description

Provides students with a practical understanding and hands-on experience in the skills and techniques of obtaining information with specific emphasis on client and witness interviewing.

AAfPE Core Competency Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Identify and locate witnesses, potential parties to a suit and experts;
  2. Develop a list of questions for an interview, conduct an effective interview; record the interview accurately;
  3. Locate and prepare request documents to obtain information that is commonly maintained by government entities; obtain such information; read and interpret the information contained in such records and apply to a given situation;
  4. Prepare releases and requests to obtain medical, corporate and other non-governmental records; obtain such records; read and interpret the information contained in such records and apply to a given situation; and
  5. Use the Internet to obtain relevant and reliable information pertaining to a given situation.

Course Syllabus - Fall Semester, 2011

Course Content:

Introduction

  • Introduction to the Course     [Slides]
  • Introduction to Interviewing and Investigating     [Slides]

Part 1 - Communications Skills

  • The Communication Process     [Slides]
  • Body Language     [Video]
  • Competent Communications/Perception     [Slides]
  • Motivation in Interviewing     [Slides]     [Exercise]
  • Active Listening     [Slides]     [Exercise 1]
  • Questioning     [Slides]   

Part 2 - Client Interviewing 

Part 3 - Foundations of Investigating     [Slides]

  • Pre-filing (Informal) Investigation
  • Discovery
  • Evidence

Part 4 - Investigation Planning and Execution

Course Reference Materials

  • Federal Rules of Evidence     [View]
  • Massachusetts Guide to Evidence     [View]