Teaches students the basic skills all lawyers use in the representation of clients. Students observe and discuss model demonstrations of client communication, persuasion, and advocacy skills and then practice these skills in a small-group setting. Performance exercises include deposition, direct examination, cross-examination, closing argument and final trial. Students also write an appellate brief and make an appellate argument. Small group meetings are scheduled on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Large Group meets on Thursdays.
This class has a drop policy that is more stringent than others because of the complex scheduling required: students will NOT be allowed to drop the course later than 1 week prior to the start of semester classes.
The lecture portion of this course is scheduled for daytime in the Spring semesters and for evenings in the Fall semesters.
Grading: Grading is based primarily on written work and performance during small-group exercises and final trial.
Prerequisite(s): Writing & Representation - Advice & Persuasion (WRAP). It is recommended, but not required, that students take Evidence prior to or concurrent with Advocacy. Full-time students typically take Advocacy in the Spring of the second year; part-time students typically take Advocacy in Fall of the third year.
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