Covers all aspects of advocacy involved in jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings, and arbitration. Students learn by performing videotaped exercises in every class, and are critiqued by experienced lawyers and judges. The course covers case preparation, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, exhibits, expert witnesses, jury selection, summation, and advocacy ethics. Cases cover a range of civil and criminal problems. Students prepare written questions, outlines, and a trial brief, and try a complete bench trial or arbitration case and a full-day jury trial. Offered as a full-semester course during the fall and spring semesters, and in a concentrated format during summer session.
Grading: Fall and Spring semesters: Letter grade scale. Jury trials, court trials, arbitrations, and weekly written work.
Summer session: Pass/fail grade scale. Minimal written work.
Taught by: David Camarotto ’00 Dianna Case Marta Chou David W. Cohoes Laura Hage Jeffrey Hassan Hon. Fred Karasov Arthur Martinez Nancy Norman Sommers Mark S. Olson Doug Peterson Peter W. Riley John Sonsteng Hon. Mary Theisen Thomas F. Van Horn
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