Course Description

LAW 720 - Criminal Trial Advocacy

Third year students have priority for enrollment in this course. This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or Year-long) in their 2nd or 3rd year due to overlap in course content.

This course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the criminal trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent the prosecution and the defense in criminal trials. Classes consider the principle function of criminal trials--the resolution of disputed questions of fact in determining guilt--and the trial lawyer’s role in presenting persuasive evidence to the judges and jurors who perform that function. Classes focus on the development of specific trial skills in such tasks as fact analysis, conducting direct and cross examinations, making opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections.  In addition, classes address legal issues relating to aspects of criminal trials including jury selection, discovery, the use of informants, and ethical obligations of both the prosecution and defense.  These subjects are presented through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and simulated role-playing exercises. Simulations are videotaped and critiqued by the instructor. The simulations culminate in a videotaped mock trial tried before a judge and jury.

Course Information:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
George Cardona 19F 720 LEC 1 MW 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 4.0 Yes No
Pre or corequisite: Law 211. Evidence and Law 202. Constitutional Criminal Procedure. Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline July 8, 4:00pm. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 8/30/2019.
Peter Johnson 19F 720 LEC 2 T 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 3.0 No No
Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline July 8, 4:00pm. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/30/2019.
Diane Birnholz 20S 720 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 4.0 Yes No
Pre or corequisite: Law 211. Evidence. Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline: TBD. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 1/24/2020.

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Peter Johnson 17F 720 LEC 2 T 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 3.0 No No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 26, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/25/2017.
George Cardona 17F 720 LEC 1 MW 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 4.0 Yes No
Pre or co-requisite: Law 211. Evidence and Law 202. Constitutional Criminal Procedure. Experiential courseenrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 26, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDUEarly drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/25/2017.
Charles Anderson 18S 720 LEC 1 M 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 3.0 Yes No
Pre or Co-requisite: Law 211 Evidence Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Diane Birnholz 18S 720 LEC 2 WF 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 Yes No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Peter Johnson 18F 720 LEC 2 R 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 3.0 No No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline July 2, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/24/2018.
George Cardona 18F 720 LEC 1 MW 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 4.0 Yes No
Pre or corequisite: Law 211. Evidence and Law 202. Constitutional Criminal Procedure. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline July 2, noon. See ENRO LL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/24/2018.
Diane Birnholz 19S 720 LEC 2 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 4.0 Yes No
Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadine Oct. 15, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 1/25/2019.
Peter Johnson 19S 720 LEC 1 R 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 3.0 No No
Categories
Experiential Courses - Clinics, Simulations, and Externships; Criminal Law and Procedure; Professional Responsibility & The Legal Profession; Critical Race Studies;