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Trial Advocacy (Thompson)
Spring 2020   LAW 702-002  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 6:30PM - 8:20PM
Golkin Hall 70

Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects

Grading
100% Participation

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
2.0

This course will teach students the basic skills necessary to try jury cases effectively. Specifically, students will learn how to develop a cogent theory of the case, present opening statements and closing arguments, prepare and examine witnesses, introduce physical and documentary evidence, and object to evidence and when to do so. Primarily, students will learn these skills by practicing them. The course will include video-taped exercises followed by instructor critiques. The culminating activity for the course will be mock trials in federal court. Students will get the most from this course if they have already taken Evidence. Regular attendance, thoughtful preparation, and full participation in exercises and discussion are mandatory. The course is graded credit/fail only.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.


Textbooks

"Addison v. Peyton " by NITA
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISBN: 9781601565952
Required

"Problems in Trial Advocacy" by Bocchino & Sonenshein
Edition: 2017 edition
Publisher: Nita
ISBN: 978160156731
Required

"State v Peyton " by NITA
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISBN: 9781601565976
Required

"Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice" by Lubet
Edition: 5th
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISBN: 9781601567635
Recommended

"NITA: Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections" by Bocchino & Sonenshein
Edition: 13th edition
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISBN: 9781601567635
Recommended