422.01 Criminal Trial Practice

This class will be taught remotely. The synchronous portion of the class will meet remotely once a week to discuss the basic skills and perform the assigned exercises. Each student will perform an exercise at least once for each class. If students are willing and conditions permit, we may meet for some exercises in the courtroom at the law school.  Students will need to pair up and prepare the exercises in advance, which can be done on Zoom.  There will be recorded lectures that can be watched   This basic trial skills course covers Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Impeachment, Exhibits, Expert Witnesses and Closing Argument. Students will prepare and perform these skills using simulated problems and case files. Students receive constructive comments from faculty who are experienced trial lawyers. The course ends with a trial with teams of two students on each side. This class is appropriate for students with an interest in trial practice, with a specific focus on trial skills in the context of criminal litigation.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

Law 245 Evidence is a pre-requisite for Criminal Trial Practice. This course is not open to students who are taking, or have taken, Law 420 Trial Practice.

Fall 2020

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Thomas K. Maher, Donald H. Beskind, Michael Dockterman
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.422.01.F20
Email list: LAW.422.01.F20@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice