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245.21 sec. 001 - Introduction to Trial Practice for 1Ls (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Ioana Petrou  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Charles Smiley  
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From January 14, 2020
    To February 25, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: February 25, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 31932

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 19
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course is designed to introduce 1L students to trial practice. It is taught by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Charles Smiley (Presiding Judge, Juvenile Division) and First District Court of Appeal Justice Ioana Petrou. Justice Petrou is a former Alameda County Judge and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Judge Smiley is a former Alameda County Public Defender, and they have tried numerous jury cases to verdict in state and federal court. On a weekly basis, students will practice their skills in front of each other and the instructors will lead a positive group discussion and critique. The course is being offered on a credit/no credit basis. Students are expected to be prepared for every class and to participate in the weekly exercises and group critique, and to work diligently on the final exam. The course will take place at the law school. Taking this course will not preclude you from enrolling in Civil Trial Practice or Criminal Trial Practice in a future semester.

All interested 1L students -- whether or not enrolled or placed on the wait list -- must attend the first class; any students who are not present at the first day of class without prior permission of the instructor will be dropped from the class.

Due to the use of role play exercises throughout the semester and the need to determine the members of the class as soon as possible, the usual provisions of "Drop/Add" do not apply. If you wish to enroll, you must commit to remain in the course no later than the last day of the first full week of spring semester classes.

The required text is Steven Lubet book "Modern Trial Advocacy" (Law School Edition). Any version starting in 2013 or later will suffice.

The class will be held over seven sessions, the first seven weeks of the semester, 110 minutes each session.

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.

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)
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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Required Books are in blue

  • Modern Trial Advocacy
    Edition: Third Revised Edition
    Publisher: National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    ISBN: 9781601563323
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $71.50
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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