Law 694:  Advanced Trial Advocacy - Civil Trial Section

Students taking this course will engage with both internal and external instructors to learn how to develop a civil case trial through all pretrial stages to the final pretrial conference, including the drafting of pleadings, pretrial discovery (including interrogatories, requests to produce documents, e-discovery, and depositions), and other pretrial motion practice.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their cases with guidance and support from College of Law faculty, as well as guest instructors and panelists. This course will cover all aspects of case development and trial practice, including identifying witnesses and exhibits and preparing jury instructions. 

This course culminates in a half-day jury trial over which a sitting or retired judge presides, along with jurors from the University of Illinois community.  Jury deliberations will be videotaped for later review by students. The majority of pretrial work is completed prior to spring break, and the jury trials will take place following spring break. 

College of Law students leave this class with the tools, skills and knowledge, which make them practice ready. College of Law faculty members supervise all phases of the student attorneys’ pretrial work.  Trial skills are best learned from experienced trial lawyers.  All faculty come to the program with extensive civil trial experience.  In addition to the College of Law faculty, alumni and leading practitioners in the field will assist with courtroom training and guest lectures.

Prerequisites: Trial Advocacy (Law 694), Fundamentals of Trial Practice (Law 695) and Evidence (Law 682)

Evaluation: This is a three credit graded course. Grades will be based on written assignments, in-class courtroom performance exercises, and participation.  While students will try their cases with a partner, each student will be graded individually.  Students are strongly encouraged to select a partner before the first class meeting.  

Course Classification:  Simulation

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