Was it Good for You Too? - Conversation Analysis of Two Interviews
Linda F. Smith
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law
August 20, 2007
96 KENTUCKY L. REV. 579 (2007-2008) U of Utah Legal Studies Paper No. 07-02
Because an attorney-client interview is a conversation between two people, conversation analysis can be useful in assessing the effectiveness of an interview. Clients as well as lawyers have intentions and goals regarding that meeting which, together with their conversational styles, help shape the interview and contribute to its success (or failure). The lawyer is not solely in charge. This article analyzes two interviews by two attorneys, each of an extemporaneous actor playing the same client role. The substantial transcript excerpts are analyzed to illustrate some of what we know about good interviewing and to call into question other lessons we teach.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 70
Keywords: interview, counsel, conversation, linguistic, skills, lawyering, sociology, social science, discourse
Date posted: August 25, 2007 ; Last revised: July 8, 2010
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