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Trial Advocacy ITA

Description: Trial advocacy skills are developed through students' presentation of solutions to problems at weekly class sessions. The problems require students to examine witnesses; introduce physical, documentary, and other types of evidence; present and challenge the testimony of expert witnesses; present opening and closing arguments; and select a jury. In addition to regularly weekly problem preparation and classroom presentations, each student is responsible for the preparation and trial of a mock civil or criminal case before a jury. Students' performances are evaluated by faculty, practicing trial attorneys, and judges. This course is designed to maximize the development of decision-making and analytical ability. The various problems emphasize the importance of theory choice by lawyers, as well as the interrelationships among the rules of trial procedure, evidence, and legal ethics. This class is closely coordinated with the Evidence section taught by Professor Burns; The coverage in Professor Hughes' evidence class is also coordinated with Clinical Trial Advocacy. Students are strongly urged to enroll simultaneously in either Professor Burns' or Professor Hughes' Evidence class, although any section of Evidence meets the Corequisite or Prerequisite requirement. In addition, students are encouraged to enroll simultaneously in Burns/Lubet/Geraghty section of Legal Ethics, which is taught from the same core materials. Students may not drop this course after the first week of classes. Mandatory class attendance. Those students who do not attend the first class meeting will be dropped. Evaluation: This course is graded on the basis of the students' weekly performances and final jury trial. There is no exam. Attendance is mandatory. Teaching method: Lecture and simulation Prerequisites: Evidence is a co-requisite (or prerequisite). FOR FALL 2009 Section Instructors will be: Section 1, Judge Robert Gettleman; Section 2, Judge Sidney Schenkier; and Section 3, Judge Jeffrey Cole.


Catalog Number: LITARB 605
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionLegal Skills DevelopmentProcedure Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Lit/Arb Concentration Requirement


Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Trial Advocacy ITA
Faculty: Lubet, Steven (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 90     Actual: 66



Fall 2012
Title: Trial Advocacy ITA
Faculty: Lubet, Steven (courses  |  homepage)
Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses  |  homepage)
Gettleman, Robert W. (courses  |  homepage)
Cole, Jeffrey (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 96     Actual: 90



Fall 2011
Title: Trial Advocacy ITA
Faculty: Lubet, Steven (courses  |  homepage)
Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses  |  homepage)
Gettleman, Robert W. (courses  |  homepage)
Cole, Jeffrey (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 100     Actual: 79



Fall 2010
Title: Trial Advocacy ITA
Faculty: Lubet, Steven (courses  |  homepage)
Gettleman, Robert W. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 2     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24



Fall 2010
Title: Trial Advocacy ITA
Faculty: Lubet, Steven (courses  |  homepage)
Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 3     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24



Fall 2010
Title: Trial Advocacy ITA
Faculty: Lubet, Steven (courses  |  homepage)
Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses  |  homepage)
Gettleman, Robert W. (courses  |  homepage)
Cole, Jeffrey (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 100     Actual: 25