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245.2 sec. 1 - Civil Trial Practice (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Mary Pat Dooley  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: August 26, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49679

This is a basic trial advocacy course, focusing on planning and preparation for trial, including direct examination, cross examination, introduction of exhibits, objections to evidence, opening statements, closing arguments, pre-trial motion practice, and courtroom communication skills. This is a “learning by doing” course in which you will prepare and perform a trial exercise each week, and receive immediate feedback on your performance. Class sessions consist of the the weekly trial exercise and a lecture on a trial component. There will be assigned reading and videotape viewing outside of class. The course culminates in a half-day jury trial. While we will use a civil case file, the class teaches fundamental trial skills and thus is suitable for those with an interest in either civil or criminal work. Because this is a basic skills class, it is not recommended for those who have already completed a similar class on trial skills.

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Pat Dooley is a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and has been teaching trial advocacy at Berkeley Law School since 1999. Before returning to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office (where she worked for 10 years after law school) Ms. Dooley was a judicial staff attorney with Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan for 14 years, and also worked as a litigation associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

It is recommended that students have completed Evidence or are concurrently enrolled in Evidence.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This course satisfies the Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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  • Addison v. Peyton
    Elizabeth Boals
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601561268
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $35.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Modern Trial Advocacy Law School Third Revised Edition
    Steven Lubet
    Edition: Third Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601563323
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $65
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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