Prerequisite: LAW 501 Prerequisite or Corequisite: LAW 633
The Civil Trial Advocacy course is based on trial simulations, practical instruction, learning by doing, and feedback from faculty and fellow students. This 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. Students try the final case in a courtroom before a real judge and jury panel of undergraduate students. Cases are tried under the Federal Rules of Civil 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.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Casefiles: Potter v. Shrackle and the Shrackle Construction Co (2012); Flinders Aluminum v. Mismo Fire Insurance (8th Ed., 2009); Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Co (2000) and Text: Trial Techniques and Trials, Thomas A. Mauet (9th Ed., 2013) (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business)
First Class Readings
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