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LAW310 Trial Advocacy

Course Description

This course engages students in practical exercises designed to develop students’ familiarity with trial procedures, including pretrial motions, jury selection, opening statements, presentation of documentary and testimonial evidence, and closing arguments. During these exercises, students are required to employ the rules of evidence, both California and federal, necessary to successfully bring and defend pretrial motions, to raise and respond to objections at trial, and to conduct other stages of the trial.

(Students who have completed one of the on-campus clinical programs (Housing Advocacy, Legal Clinic for Elders, or Children, Families & the Law Internship), or who have completed a significant off-campus internship placement with demonstrated experience in litigation and/or appellate practice, may seek a waiver of EITHER Trial Advocacy or Appellate Advocacy. If approved, the waiver relieves the student of the requirement that credit be earned in the waived course. Waiver of a course does NOT confer unit credit.)