Criminal Trial Advocacy (LAW-694-003)
Erik Christian, David Aaronson
Criminal Procedure I and Evidence are pre- or co-requisites. Assessment: Preparation for and presentation of in-class trial simulations. Self-assessment through video review. Final Exam: Performance during full trial before a sitting judge and citizen jurors.
The Criminal Trial Advocacy course is based on trial simulations, practical instruction, learning by doing, and feedback from faculty and fellow students. The course focuses on case theory, trial strategy and tactics, opening statements, examination of witnesses, and closing arguments. In this course student-attorneys try three fictitious cases. Cases are tried under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence. Each section has two instructors, a judge and a law professor or attorney experienced in litigation. Special features of this class are in-class discussions by a professional actor on the use of techniques to communicate more effectively and a homicide detective on the basics of criminal investigations. Students try the final case in a courtroom before a real judge and jury panel of undergraduate students.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Casefiles: State v. Diamond/State v. Doyle (6th Ed., 2015), State v. Peyton (2016), and State v. Sanchez (2nd Ed., 2015) and Text: Trial Techniques and Trials, Thomas A. Mauet (9th Ed., 2013) (Wolters Kluwer)
First Class Readings
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