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246.1 sec. 1 - Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 2011)
Instructor: George J. Cotsirilos (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Cristina C. Arguedas (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: M 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140
Course Start: January 10, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49667
Criminal Trial Practice is designed for students who are interested in learning how to properly examine witnesses and conduct a trial effectively. While classes include explanatory lectures, they are primarily devoted to student exercises in which students function as advocates. Students litigate cases extensively, virtually every week, with a ratio of no more than 8 students to 1 instructor. Areas covered include strategy, direct and cross examination, objections to evidence, demonstrative evidence, pretrial motions, opening statements and final arguments. Near the end of the semester, each student will conduct a trial before a jury and judge. While 3L's are given priority, generally, there is space for second year students. Enrolled students must attend the first session to secure a spot in the class.
Cristina Arguedas and George Cotsirilos have been criminal lawyers for over 30 years. They have each litigated and tried scores of cases, including every kind of criminal matter, from murder to complex white collar crime. They are and have regularly been listed in Best Lawyers in America, among other professional publications.
This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.
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