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Advocacy I

Course Abbreviation: 
SKILS 950R/L
Credits: 
4
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N

This course introduces the fundamental skills of trial advocacy applicable in civil and criminal trials in any jurisdiction. In keeping with the theory that trial advocacy is best learned by "doing," each student will conduct written and oral exercises concerning the various stages of the trial process-pleadings, pretrial motions, discovery, settlement negotiations, trial preparation, jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination of lay witnesses, examination of expert witnesses, trial motions, and closing arguments. Students are able to evaluate their own progress through viewing videotapes of their performances. The class meets jointly for lectures, while the oral trial exercises are conducted in small sections. This course is available to third-year students only.

Prerequisites: 
SKILS 955 Evidence (may also be taken concurrently)