University of Baltimore School of Law Prof. Kim Wehle, who as a media commentator provides legal analysis of everything from Donald Trump’s taxes to Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, is offering laypersons an online course to develop their own lawyerly skills.
The class, “Think Like a Lawyer to Make Decisions and Solve Problems,” is offered via LinkedIn Learning. The course was first released July 21, and as of this writing, more than 33,000 people have enrolled, Wehle says.
According to the LinkedIn course description, Wehle “explains how thinking like a lawyer and employing the legal method of decision making helps eliminate emotional reactivity, confirmation bias, and other decision-making pitfalls in favor of evidentiary-based analysis.”
The 27-minute course is broken into five segments: Introduction, Establish Your Guiding Principles, Define Your Goals, Identify Stakeholder Interests, Gather Facts, and Accept Disagreement.
Wehle emphasizes the importance of asking the right questions, identifying and prioritizing your goals, and exercising critical listening skills — techniques that, Wehle argues, can lead to better decision-making and feeling better about those decisions, even when the outcome is not as expected.
“It’s a natural follow-up to my book, How to Read the Constitution — and Why, and a prelude to my third book, How to Think Like a Lawyer — and Why, and part of my overall passion and objective of civic education.
“[LinkedIn Learning] goes to up to 800 million subscribers across many professional sectors, and many different countries across the globe, so I am extremely pleased and honored to be able to make the contribution to the dialogue around decision-making.”