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Spring 2015
5386 Trial Advocacy - LAWRENCE/DAW- 12403

Professor(s): Jim Lawrence (DIRECTOR/SUPERVISOR )
Willie Daw (ADJUNCT)
David Cunningham (ADJUNCT)
Michael Griffin (ADJUNCT)
Zandra Foley (ADJUNCT)
Daniel Kasprzak (ADJUNCT)
James Hippard (ADJUNCT)
Judge Sylvia Matthews (ADJUNCT)
John Brewer (ADJUNCT)
Judge Vanessa Velasquez (ADJUNCT)
Judge Belinda Hill (ADJUNCT)
Kenneth R.  Phillips (ADJUNCT)
Stephen  Pate (ADJUNCT)
Judge George Hanks (ADJUNCT)
Ronald Wardell (ADJUNCT)
Judge Susan Brown (ADJUNCT)
Daragh John Carter (ADJUNCT)
Jay  Jackson (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 6:00p-9:00p  T  Location: 111  TUII

Course Outline: Trial Advocacy and Pretrial Litigation are the core of the Litigation Skills Program. Students completing these two courses graduate with the ability to pick up a case and carry it through from the initial interview to final judgment. The Trial Advocacy course is essential to understanding how disputes are often resolved in our legal system. Students acquire the skills necessary for trying cases by learning how to formulate a case theory, present an opening statement and closing argument, conduct direct and cross examinations of fact and expert witnesses, engage in jury selection, make and respond to evidentiary objections, and perform all other aspects of actually trying a case before a judge or jury. Each week's class consists of a large group session in which there is a discussion and demonstration of the advocacy skill being taught that week. Following the large group sessions, students are broken into small groups in which they meet with several adjunct professors and practice the advocacy skill assigned for that week. Students choose a small group focusing on either civil cases or criminal practice. The Trial Advocacy course ends with a mock trial, complete with a jury, held at the Harris County Civil and Criminal Courthouses.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus Revised 12/10/2014

Course Notes:   Quota= 48

Prerequisites: Yes  Evidence

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Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course:

Course Materials (11/5/2014 11:59:25 AM)

Book(s) Required

-Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Company (NITA case file) -State v. Delaney (NITA case file)
-Texas Rules of Evidence