Advocacy Survey

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, WED 12:00 - 1:15 pm CCJ 2.306

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Floating take-home exam (administered by Faculty Coordinator)


The 27975 section of this course will be taught in person but with the option of occasional remote participation via Zoom.  If students require all remote participation, they must register for the 27976 section of this course, which is identical but web-based.

This class has a mandatory evening skills component (Monday or Wednesday evening). Students must register for both the lecture (376M) and either Monday or Wednesday evening skills portion (176N) of the class. Please note, the evening Skills portion of the class will not begin until week 5 or 6 of the semester and will run for eight weeks. Advocacy survey is designed for beginning advocacy students who are interested in gaining exposure to all areas of advocacy. While focusing primarily on trial skills, the course will also cover topics such as transactional practice, motion practice and alternative dispute resolution. By combining theory through the lecture sessions with technique training in skills sessions, students are able to practice what they learn. Students get hands-on practice in areas such as opening and closing statements, the use and relevance of technology in litigation, transferable skills for a transactional practice, and the basic skills necessary to try a case. The skill sessions will end with the trial of a case. Students will examine a case file from pretrial motions, transactional, ADR, arbitration, voir dire and trial. This is a 4-credit series (1 credit pass/fail, 3 credits graded). Prerequisite or Concurrent: Evidence.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis & Strategy *
Marilyn Berger, John Mitchell & Ronald Clark
Aspen / Wolters Kluwer , edition: 4th Edition
ISBN: 9781454841531


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
11/16/2020 Exam information updated