Boston University School of Law

JD956 Pre-trial Advocacy: Civil and Criminal


This is pre-trial advocacy, both civil and criminal, from soup to nuts. Learn how to prepare for argument and draft pleadings and supporting documentation. Each class you will be on your feet engaging in mock oral argument in support of those pleadings. On the civil side you will learn how to seek and oppose injunctive relief. You will master discovery practice under the Rules of Civil Procedure including practice involving interrogatories, requests for production of documents and depositions. You will also learn about motion practice including motions to dismiss and for summary judgment. On the criminal side you will argue bail matters and learn about discovery under the Rules of Criminal Procedure. Motions to dismiss due to insufficient Grand Jury presentation and motions to suppress statements and other evidence will be explored. Plea bargaining and guilty pleas will also be discussed. We will deal, too, with practices applicable to both the civil and criminal side including motions to sever, motions in limine, voir dire and jury impanelment. PREREQUISITE: EVIDENCE. NOTE: This class satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails either to attend the initial meeting of a section of Trial Advocacy, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the registrar, will be administratively dropped from the section. Students who are on a wait list for a section are required to attend the first section meeting to be considered for enrollment.