Law 720 - Criminal Trial Advocacy


Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

George Cardona Guy Iversen



General Course Description:

Third year students have priority for enrollment in this course. This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or Year-long) in their 2nd or 3rd year due to overlap in course content.

This course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the criminal trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent the prosecution and the defense in criminal trials. Classes consider the principle function of criminal trials--the resolution of disputed questions of fact in determining guilt--and the trial lawyer’s role in presenting persuasive evidence to the judges and jurors who perform that function. Classes focus on the development of specific trial skills in such tasks as fact analysis, conducting direct and cross examinations, making opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections.  In addition, classes address legal issues relating to aspects of criminal trials including jury selection, discovery, the use of informants, and ethical obligations of both the prosecution and defense.  These subjects are presented through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and simulated role-playing exercises. Simulations are videotaped and critiqued by the instructor. The simulations culminate in a videotaped mock trial tried before a judge and jury.

Course Information:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Guy Iversen 13F 720 LEC 1 W 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
W 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
3.0 Yes No
  Law 211 Evidence is a prerequisite. Law 202 ConCrimPro is a co- or prerequisite. Only 3Ls may enroll during first pass.
George Cardona 14S 720 LEC 1 TR 5:00 PM - 6:50 PM
TR 5:00 PM - 6:50 PM
4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 211. Evidence. Co- or prerequisite: Constitutional Criminal Procedure.Only 3Ls may enroll during first pass.


Previous Course Offerings:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
George Cardona 12S 720 LEC 1 TR 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4.0 Yes No
Guy Iversen 12F 720 LEC 1 W 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
W 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
3.0 Yes No
George Cardona 13S 720 LEC 1 TR 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4.0 Yes No


Categories: Crim Law & Procedure; Prof Resp & The Legal Profession; Skills Courses;