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Trial Advocacy (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-821
  • Class Number: 03575
  • Instructor: Mary Strobel

Course Description

This course develops advocacy skills to be used in trial, including how to make opening statements, conduct direct and cross examination of witnesses, make evidentiary objections, introduce exhibits, prepare and examine experts, and make closing arguments. The ethical implications of litigation tactics and strategies will also be examined. In addition to attending a weekly lecture, students will spend up to three hours each week either performing practical exercises or observing other students doing so. The grade is based upon class performance, including presentation of a trial. Evidence is a prerequisite to the class. Students may take the class concurrently with evidence with the instructor's permission.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 4
  • Grading Options: Numerical Only
  • Schedule: T 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm; Th 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm
  • Room Number: Ackerman Courtroom - Room 107
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Pre-requisites: Evidence; students may take the class concurrently with instructor permission
  • Enrollment Limitation: 12 students