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Pretrial Advocacy (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-820
  • Class Number: 03573
  • Instructor: Fred Fenster

Course Description

The purpose of the pre-trial advocacy class is to present the student with a concentrated, intensive and practical analysis of the various procedures and available techniques that can be utilized by an attorney to prosecute and defend a case from its inception up to the time of trial. In this regard, each student will prepare and participate in the following: interviewing clients, drafting complaints, cross-complaints, and appropriate responses; deposing witnesses; propounding interrogatories; conducting direct and cross-examination of percipient witnesses; writing and arguing motions for summary judgment; engaging in settlement negotiations; presenting opening statements; and learning the rudiments of trial preparations. The goal of the course is to develop trial skills by combining lecture, actual experience and sharing of knowledge. This course may be taken for CR/D/F. There will be an oral, in-class, final examination, during the last week of class. Participation points will not be awarded although the students' involvement in the classroom activities is absolutely mandatory. Enrollment is limited to 24 students.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 4
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Room Number: Room 1
  • Exam: In-class oral argument on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgement and/or Summary Adjudication
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: yes
  • Participation: Required
  • Enrollment Limitation: 24 students