Trial Advocacy (7 hrs., over 2 sems.)
Criminal Law and Criminal Justice > Advanced Courses
A year-long study, through student performance, of the role of the advocate in the trial process. Class members form "law firms" for civil cases, and prosecution and defense teams for criminal cases, and undertake representation of the parties in all aspects of litigation. Each team is expected to develop a case from the initial client interview through actual litigation before a presiding judge. The course deals with all phases of pretrial and trial work, including fact-gathering, use of pleadings and pretrial motions, preparation of witnesses, discovery techniques, negotiation and settlement efforts, voir dire of jury panel, opening and closing statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and presentation of evidence. The course includes tactical and ethical problems which confront trial lawyers. All exercises are videotaped and reviewed individually. Enrollment is limited and preference is given to third-year students. Prerequisite: Evidence. Mr. Barracato.