The goal of this 3-credit course is to synthesize the students’ existing knowledge of pretrial procedure, evidence, advocacy skills and ethics in the context of training students in pretrial litigation including, but not limited to: litigation planning, fact investigation, legal strategy, case evaluation, drafting pleadings, discovery, and motion practice. This primarily will be a simulation/skills course in which students will read materials on the substantive law and related skills, observe demonstrations and engage in exercises both in and out of the classroom. The course will be taught on a single block of 2 ½ hours. The text Fundamental Pretrial Advocacy, Second Edition, Charles H. Rose III and James N. Underwood, West Publishing 2012, recommended but not required.
Sequence and Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Evidence (Law 682). Professional Responsibility (Law 680) is preferred.
Evaluation: Students will be graded on exercises, class participation, reflection essays, written products and an end of the term project.