Federal Criminal Pre-Trial and Trial Practice

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/18
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will focus on federal criminal proceedings and introduce students to the stages of a federal prosecution by following a case from indictment through trial. The course will provide an overview of the major phases of a federal case including: (1) the use of the grand jury, indictments, discovery, and bond motions; (2) common pretrial motions such as discovery, dismissal, suppression, and in limine; (3) trial practice including voir dire, jury selection, jury instructions, direct and cross examination of witnesses, handling courtroom evidence, making effective objections, and opening and closing statements; and finally (4) an overview of sentencing and the federal appeal process. Students will be expected to participate in weekly classroom discussions, engage in regular practical exercises, and draft pre-trial litigation materials. Considering the interests of both the government and the defendant, students will explore the practical, strategic, and ethical decisions facing criminal law litigators, and while focused on criminal proceedings, this class will teach advocacy and trial skills that translate into other practice areas as students gather experience and gain an understanding of the demands of trial work. The course will be taught by experienced attorneys from both the prosecution and defense perspectives.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Written and oral practical exercises throughout the semester due directly to instructors (not via EXPO).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Criminal Law (6003)) AND (Evidence (6104)) AND (Criminal Adjudication (7018) OR Criminal Investigation (7019) OR Criminal Procedure Survey (7009)) 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: No Mutual Exclusions
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: Grading will be based on classroom participation and performance in both oral and written practical exercises throughout the semester.

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

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