Law 705 - Cappello Trial Advocacy - Simulated Civil Trial Advocacy

Steven K. Derian

Steven K. Derian

Lecturer in Law
A.B. UC Berkeley, 1974
M.A. California State University, Long Beach, 1978
J.D. UC Hastings, 1983
UCLA Faculty Since 1987
Course Description:

The course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent clients in trials. Classes consider the principal function of trials - the resolution of disputed questions of fact - and the trial lawyers’ role in presenting persuasive evidence to the judges and jurors who perform that function. Classes also focus on the development of specific 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. These subjects are presented through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and simulated role-playing exercises. The simulations culminate in a mock jury trial.

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.

Please see the individual descriptions for instructor specific requisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will have developed and practiced a host of core lawyering skills such as:

1. Case planning

2. Developing a theory of the case and understanding how to develop persuasive arguments based on evidence

3. Strategic decision-making

4. Collaboration

5. Legal storytelling

7. Opening statements, direct and re-direct examination, cross examination, closing argument 

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Steven Derian / Charles Anderson 18F 705 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
TR 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
4.0 Yes No
  Pre- or corequisite: Law 211. Evidence. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline June 11, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/24/2018.
Steven Derian 19S 705 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
4.0 Yes No
  Pre- or Corequisite: Law 211. Evidence. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline TBD. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline 1/25/2019