Law 694:  Advanced Trial Advocacy - Criminal Trial Section

Students taking this course will engage with both internal and external instructors to learn how to develop a criminal case trial through all pretrial stages to the final pretrial conference, including identification of witnesses and exhibits and preparation of jury instructions. Students will have the opportunity to develop their cases independently, with guidance and support from College of Law faculty, as well as guest instructors and panelists. This course will cover pretrial case development and practice, including the drafting of charging instruments, motions addressing bail and discovery, and other aspects of pretrial motion practice. This course culminates in a one-day jury trial over which a sitting or retired Illinois judge presides, along with jurors from the University of Illinois and Champaign-Urbana community. 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. Trial Advocacy faculty members supervise all phases of the student attorneys’ pretrial work. Trial skills are best learned from experienced trial lawyers. All of our faculty members come to the program with extensive criminal trial experience. In addition to the Advanced Trial Advocacy faculty, other College of Law professors, 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 course will be graded pass/fail. A determination of passing or failing performance will be based on attendance, participation and completion of course assignments and simulations. 

Course Classification: Simulation

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