LAW 2713 - Advanced Trial Advocacy - Criminal
This course provides a practical and intensive experience in conducting a trial. Using fact patterns, documentary evidence and deposition testimony, students conduct all phases of a trial. Weekly exercises are devoted to specific skills utilized in examining diverse witnesses (including professional, lay, hostile, expert, sympathetic or child witnesses) or to voir dire and opening or closing statements. Students are expected to conduct an in depth analysis of the specific skill and to perform demonstrations during each class. Students are further required to justify how they have designed and conducted each examination with respect to its given purpose (advancing the student’s legal theory and eliciting facts supporting that theory, while creating an overall effect that will enhance his/her case). The course is specifically designed to provide opportunities for students to improve their ability to control witnesses and to enhance their ability to create a persona in the courtroom that will assist them in winning their case. Students submit memoranda on legal theories, requests to charge or motions in limine, in anticipation of evidentiary rulings.
Students are graded on the basis of their overall performance in the course. This very demanding course is structured to simulate the intensity necessary to prepare and try a case to a jury. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. If more students register than can be accommodated in the course, selections are made by the instructor on the basis of interest, experience, career plans and law school record.
Prerequisites & Notes
Pre-Req: Intensive Trial Advocacy Program
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