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245.2 sec. 001 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Tracie Brown  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Jeffrey S. White  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3


    W 5:30 PM - 8:10 PM
    Location: Law 136
    On 2019-01-09

    W 5:30 PM - 8:10 PM
    Location: Off Campus
    From January 14, 2019
    To April 19, 2019

Course Start: January 09, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number: 31191

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 14
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM

This is an intense trial advocacy course taught by two judges, 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, use of visual aids, and courtroom communication skills. This is a “learning by doing” course in which students will learn to prepare and perform as effective trial advocates. While there will be brief lectures, students will get real and repeated experience in standing, questioning, objecting and persuading in court, using the tools available in actual state and federal courtrooms. Class sessions consist of weekly student performances of trial exercises, and a brief lecture on a trial component. There will be assigned reading and video viewing outside of class. The course culminates in a mock jury trial before state and federal judges which will be held Wednesday, May 1st 5:30PM-9:00PM. This class is not suitable for those who have already completed a similar class on trial skills. Students must have taken Evidence or be taking it concurrently. The first class will meet at the Law School, but the remainder of the course will meet at the U.S. District Court in Oakland, which is approximately a 3-minute walk from BART (City Center).

INSTRUCTORS: Judge Jeffrey S. White, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and Judge Tracie L. Brown, San Francisco Superior Court. Judges White and Brown have previously taught at Boalt. In addition, both judges were previously Assistant United States Attorneys who have tried numerous civil and criminal cases to verdict.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Students must have taken Evidence or be taking it concurrently.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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  • Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections
    Bocchino, Sonenshein, Schaffzin
    Edition: 13th Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601567635
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Flinders Aluminum Fabrication Co. v. Mismo Fire Ins. Co. (case file)
    Sitterly, Rose, Rothschild
    Edition: 10th Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601567116
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis & Practice (Law School Ed)
    Edition: 4th
    ISBN: 9781601565730
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 82.50
    Price Source: user provided
  • Rowe v. Pacific Quad, Inc. (Case File)
    Moss and Oppenheimer
    Edition: 5th Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601563453
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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