Legal Writing in the Context of a Complex Criminal Trial
The course will track a hypothetical state prosecution for the crime of murder from the pretrial phase through closing argument and verdict. Class time will be spent in instruction and discussion concerning the numerous aspects of a criminal trial which require legal research and writing from both the prosecution and the defense. What effective, well-prepared defense and prosecuting attorneys should be doing and the ethical questions which arise for both parties will be considered at every stage. The students’ assignments will require them to research representative legal issues in the context of the trial’s hypothetical facts and write the related series of requisite legal documents from the standpoint of the party with the burden of proof— the prosecution. The conclusion of the course will be to write and orally present a closing argument.
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.