422.02 Criminal Trial Practice

This is the basic trial skills course with a focus on criminal litigation. Prof. Maher is an experienced criminal litigator who currently represents clients in state and federal court. The class meets one night each week, and recorded lectures are available for students to view. The course covers Story Telling, Brainstorming, Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Impeachment, Experts, Exhibits, Trial Preparation, Opening Statement and Closing Argument. The class is limited to 12 students so that each week each student will prepare and perform the various skills using simulated problems and case files, some of which are based on real cases and will allow students to work with actual recordings and other evidence. After each performance, students receive constructive comments both in class and during individual video review meetings. At the end of the semester students, typically in teams of two students, will litigate a mock criminal trial with jurors. Students who have not taken evidence, but who are enrolled in evidence, may take the class.

Please note: The Trial Practice Intensive is scheduled to begin on the evening of Thursday, January 12, and continue with sessions on the afternoon of Friday, January 13; morning of Saturday, January 14; and morning of Sunday, January 15. Attendance is required at these sessions.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

LAW 245 Evidence is required and may be taken in a previous semester or concurrently. This course is not open to students who are taking, or have taken, Law 420 Trial Practice.

Spring 2023

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room
422.02
Course Credits
Thomas K. Maher Tu 6:00 PM - 8:50 PM 4049
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-422-02-Sp23
Email list: LAW-422-02-Sp23@sakai.duke.edu
Course
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice