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246.11 sec. 001 - Advanced Criminal Trial Practice (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Prithika L Balakrishnan  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
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From August 24, 2022
To November 30, 2022

Course Start: August 24, 2022
Course End: November 30, 2022
Class Number: 32262

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

This course is devoted to the continued development and performance of trial advocacy skills in the courtroom. Combining lecture, student hands-on practice and participation, this advanced skills course trains students on the organization and presentation of a criminal trial. Pretrial preparation, in limine motions, jury selection, strategy, effective openings, witness examination (direct and cross), evidentiary issues, jury instruction, advocacy skills, closing, and effective handling of both prosecution and defense cases through verdict will be covered.

Recommended that either Law 231 Criminal Procedure: Investigations or Law 231.1 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication be taken in advance of this course.

Ms. Balakrishnan served as a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco for the last 11 years. She is currently a Principal at The Wren Collective, an organization devoted to criminal law reform. She has conducted over 30 jury trials, including misdemeanors, felonies, sexual assaults, attempted homicides, and life cases. She has taught Criminal Law and Ethics at Berkeley Law since 2017. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and graduated from Yale Law School in 2009.

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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

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Requirements Satisfaction:

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

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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Criminal Law
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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