Trial Advocacy

Section 4, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 7/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

In this course, students are prepared for efficient and effective work in the trial court and for the atmosphere of the courtroom. Extensive use is made of simulated trial episodes. During the early weeks of the semester several phases of trial practice will be illustrated, and students will be given the opportunity to perform one or more of the functions of trial lawyers on their feet. Some sections of the class require specific witness and juror service of each student enrolled. Instruction in the practice and technique of advocacy is provided during each class session. All sections schedule at least one full mock trial in the latter weeks of the term in which each student will serve as individual or co-counsel.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
Final Exam Notes:

None


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Trial element simulations (voir dire, direct exam, cross exam, re-direct exam, openings/closing/rebuttal, objections, handling and introduction of exhibits, adverse/hostile witnesses, witness preparation, judicial notice, trial technology, jury instructions, and trial motions); participation as individual or co-counsel for full mock trial. A brief (5 pages or less) pre-trial motion, witness and exhibit list, and deposition designation may be required prior to final trial.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Evidence (6104)) Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

Schedule No.
119819498
Law No.
LAW9081
Modified Type
Practicum
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
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