Law Schedule of Classes

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245.2 sec. 001 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Tracie Lynne Brown  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Daralyn Jeannine Durie  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 140
From January 10, 2023
To April 18, 2023

Course Start: January 10, 2023
Course End: April 18, 2023
Class Number: 32417

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This is an intense trial advocacy course taught by an experienced, award-winning trial lawyer and an appellate justice who previously served as a trial judge. The course will focus on preparing for and conducting jury trials, 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 arguing to jurors and judges. Class sessions consist of weekly student performances of assigned trial exercises, and a brief lecture on a specific trial component. There will be assigned reading and videotape viewing outside of class. The course culminates in a 4-hour mock jury trial before state and federal judges. 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.

INSTRUCTORS: Daralyn Durie, DurieTangri LLP; Justice Tracie L. Brown, First District Court of Appeal (formerly San Francisco Superior Court).

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.

Evidence (Law 241)

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

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Required Books are in blue

  • Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections
    Bocchino, Sonenshein, Schaffzin
    Edition: 13th Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601567635
    e-Book Available: No
    Price: $68.21
    Price Source: user provided
  • Flinders Aluminum Fabrication Co. v. Mismo Fire Ins. Co. (case file)
    Sitterly, Rose, Rothschild
    Edition: 10th Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601567116
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 36.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice, Law School Edition
    Steven Lubet, J.C. Lore
    Edition: 4th 2016
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9781601565730
    e-Book Available: No
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 90.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Rowe v. Pacific Quad, Inc. (Case File)
    Moss and Oppenheimer
    Edition: 5th Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601563453
    e-Book Available: No
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 14.22
    Price Source: user provided

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