Cappello Trial Advocacy – Simulated Trial Advocacy
This course teaches students the skills needed to conduct civil jury trials, including conducting direct and cross examinations, making opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits and making and responding to evidentiary objections. These skills are taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and simulated role-playing exercises, culminating in a videotaped mock jury trial.
Deposition and Discovery in Complex Litigation
This course focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of deposition and discovery practice in civil cases. Students prepare for, take and defend depositions and prepare discovery plans in simulated cases.
International Commercial Arbitration
This course provides students with the fundamental legal and jurisdictional underpinnings of the international commercial arbitration system: dispute resolution; the procedural mechanisms for conducting international commercial arbitrations; the domestic judicial tools to compel parties to arbitrate commercial disputes rather than proceed in domestic courts; and the enforcement of international commercial arbitration awards in domestic courts.
This clinic combines a theoretical exploration of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism with practical training on how to mediate in a variety of settings. Students learn mediation skills through participation in simulated role-play, observation of actual court mediation and, under the supervision of an experienced mediator, serve as a co-mediator of actual Superior Court cases.
Negotiation Theory and Practice
This course provides an overview of the theoretical issues confronted by negotiators and gives students an opportunity to practice and hone their negotiating skills. Topics include negotiation preparation; integrative and distributive bargaining; the effect of psychological factors and social norms in negotiation; unique issues that arise when lawyers are involved in negotiation; legal rules affecting the negotiation process; the personal styles of negotiators; differences between two-party and multi-party negotiating situations; the role of trust and emotion in negotiation; and the use of mediation as a technique to facilitate negotiation. Students conduct weekly negotiations to develop their negotiation skills.
Pretrial Civil Litigation
This course provides a real-world overview of how pretrial civil litigation is conducted and explores how lawyers strategically use each step in the pretrial litigation process to advance their clients’ interests. Students receive hands-on training in conducting case analysis, taking and defending depositions, arguing motions and conducting negotiations.
Supreme Court Clinic
This course provides students with the opportunity to work on real cases before the United States Supreme Court. Under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty, students draft cert petitions and Supreme Court briefs.
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This yearlong course provides in-depth training in the skills needed to represent clients in pretrial and trial litigation. In the first semester, these skills ― including fact investigation and analysis, direct and cross examinations, opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections ― are taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and simulated role-playing exercises, culminating in a mock jury trial. In the second semester, students apply these skills by representing actual clients at hearings and/or trials.