Concord Law / Kaplan University, Spring 2017

Following an introduction to the structure of trial advocacy, students acquire a solid understanding of the trial process, including opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses and experts, introduction of exhibits, closing arguments, and trial strategy. Students learn to validate and analyze evidence with an eye on developing a trial strategy as well as incorporating the evidence into oral argument.

This course pays particular attention to the Federal Rules of Evidence that govern the introduction of evidence at trial, but the California Evidence Code-Rule Distinctions will also be considered.

The rules of conduct that govern the U.S. trial system are also explored, as are the various strategies of oral argument most commonly used in legal practice. Students should be prepared to orally argue their assigned role and position and will be expected to make online presentations frequently.

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