LAW 789

Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy

Criminal Justice

This is a practical course in criminal trial advocacy for students who have already learned the mechanics of conducting a trial and are looking to take the next step as courtroom advocates in criminal cases.  The course will explore—and practice through simulation—more advanced concepts and techniques in criminal trials, including jury selection; strategies for examining government informants, testifying defendants, defense character witnesses, law enforcement officers, and expert witnesses; strategies for motions in limine; raising and responding to objections in real time before a jury; strategies for examinations and arguments based on prosecutorial discovery obligations and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and trial performance skills.  Each simulation exercise will include student performance, self-assessment, and individualized feedback from peers and the instructor.  Prerequisite: Law 120. Criminal Law, Law 211. Evidence and one of the following: Law 705. Civil Trial Advocacy or Law 720. Criminal Trial Advocacy or Law 785. Advanced Trial Advocacy.

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