420.04 Trial Practice

This is the basic trial skills course covering Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Impeachment, Exhibits, Expert Witnesses and Closing Argument. In sections of 12 students per section, students prepare and perform the various skills using simulated problems and case files. After each performance, students receive constructive comments from faculty members who are also experienced trial lawyers. Students also get videotapes of their performances. The course ends with a full jury trial of a civil or criminal case with teams of two students on each side. At the end of the trial, the jury deliberates and students are able to watch the jury as it deliberates.

In the Fall, the class lasts the full semester. Usually only one section is offered in the Fall.

In the Spring, the class begins with a three-day Intensive Session in January and finishes before Spring Break. Students planning to take the course in the Spring should check the academic calendar for the date of the Intensive Session. No student may take the course in the Spring unless he or she can attend the entire Intensive Session. Five sections are offered in the Spring.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

Students must have taken Evidence prior to taking this course.

Spring 2016

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Donald H. Beskind
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.420.04.Sp16
Email list: LAW.420.04.Sp16@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM