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Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice
Professor A. Davis
J.D. Seminar 246 | 2 credit hours
Taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, and simulation, the course is designed to teach the fundamentals of zealous, client-centered criminal defense advocacy. The first part of the semester will focus on the role of the criminal defense attorney, defense ethics, and selected legal issues in defense practice. The second part will focus on the application of defense theory and client-centered advocacy in the pretrial and trial context through simulated exercises, including the initial client interview, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments.
Professor permission is required. This course requires Professor Permission to enroll. Students interested in enrolling in Prof. Davis' Criminal Defense class should submit a brief essay (no more than 2 pages double-spaced) explaining your interest in and commitment to criminal defense. Please indicate whether you are a 2L or a 3L and whether you have taken Evidence. Although there are no prerequisites for the course, these factors will be taken into account. Please submit the essay and your CV to Prof. Davis at email@example.com.