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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

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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

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Date posted: August 25, 2007 ; Last revised: July 8, 2010

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Smith, Linda F., Was it Good for You Too? - Conversation Analysis of Two Interviews (August 20, 2007). 96 KENTUCKY L. REV. 579 (2007-2008) U of Utah Legal Studies Paper No. 07-02. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1008384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1008384

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Linda F. Smith (Contact Author)
University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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