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Spring 2008 - Advocacy Survey: Skills

McCormack, Tracy W
Collins, James W

Credit Hours: 1 (Pass/Fail)  Course ID: 176N  Unique # 28140

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
M6:00 - 9:00 pmCCJ 3.336
Exams:  None
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
28130 - Advocacy Survey

Description
This class has a mandatory evening skills component and students must register for both the lecture and evening skills portion of the class.  The skill sessions comprise the 1-credit pass/fail portion of the class.  Advocacy survey is designed for beginning advocacy students who are interested in gaining exposure to all areas of advocacy.  The course covers topics such as the art and theory of persuasion, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, trial techniques and courtroom technology.  By combining theory through the lecture sessions with technique training in periodic skills sessions, students are able to practice what they learn.  Students get hands-on practice in areas such as opening and closing statements, direct and cross examinations, the use and relevance of technology in litigation, voir dire, motion practice, and other general persuasive techniques.  Students will see a case file from pretrial motions, ADR, arbitration, voir dire and trial.  At the end of the 6 skill sessions, using all their persuasive knowledge, students will try a case.  This class is a prerequisite for later Advocacy classes, so students are advised to take it early.

Prerequisite or Concurrent:  Evidence (does not apply to 1Ls).

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