Civil Trial Practicum | 47xx
This course explores the major elements of a civil lawsuit, from initiation of litigation to discovery and through trial, with special emphasis on examining witnesses in deposition, direct testimony, and cross examination. The case will begin with an initial meeting with a client, who you will interview concerning his or her problem. You will then work with other students and your instructors to develop a case assessment and litigation plan, which you will then put into action, determining appropriate causes of action and defenses, taking and defending depositions, preparing for trial, and trying the case to a jury, who you will observe deliberating and reaching a verdict. Along the way, each student will perform a series of examinations, jury addresses, and legal arguments, all under the tutelage of a federal judge, veteran commercial/civil rights trial lawyer, and experienced guest lecturers and evaluators from the bench and bar.
An important feature of the workshop is extensive on-the-spot evaluation and critique by instructors and peers. Each student will also take part in a full simulated civil jury trial, which will be systematically critiqued by trial advisors and judges. Students will have opportunities, individually or in groups, for detailed review or critique of video-recordings of their own and each other's performances.
Credit Hours: 4
ULW: This course does not meet the Upper Level Writing (ULW) requirement.