Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Criminal Def: Theory & Practice (Permission Only) (LAW-860-001)
Angela Davis

Meets: 02:00 PM - 03:50 PM (Tu)

Enrolled: 14 / Limit: 14

Administrator Access


To receive permission to register for this course, please submit a brief essay (no more than 1 page) describing your interest in and commitment to criminal defense. There are no prerequisites for this course, but please indicate whether you have taken Evidence. Send the essay and your resume to Professor Angela Davis via email: angelad@wcl.american.edu


Taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, and simulation, the course is designed to teach the fundamentals of zealous, client-centered criminal defense advocacy. The first part of the semester will focus on the role of the criminal defense attorney, defense ethics, and selected legal issues in defense practice. The second part will focus on the application of defense theory and client-centered advocacy in the pretrial and trial context through simulated exercises, including the initial client interview, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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