Law 789 - Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy

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

G. Cardona


General Course Description:

This is a practical course in criminal trial advocacy for students who have already learned the mechanics of conducting a trial and are looking to take the next step as courtroom advocates in criminal cases.  The course will explore—and practice through simulation—more advanced concepts and techniques in criminal trials, including jury selection; strategies for examining government informants, testifying defendants, defense character witnesses, law enforcement officers, and expert witnesses; strategies for motions in limine; raising and responding to objections in real time before a jury; strategies for examinations and arguments based on prosecutorial discovery obligations and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and trial performance skills.  Each simulation exercise will include student performance, self-assessment, and individualized feedback from peers and the instructor. 

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
George Cardona 21S 789 LEC 1 MW 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisites: Law 120. Criminal Law I and Law 211. Evidence. Experiential course enrollment through separate proc ess; deadline: Noon on 11/6/20. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU.Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 1/29/21. This course may shift to hybrid instruction (i.e., students have the option of participating in-person or remotely) at some time during the spring semester.