This seminar is a litigation simulation intended to provide international LLM students with first-hand exposure to the lawyering skills required for civil litigation practice. Working from a single business dispute throughout the semester, students will try their hands at all phases of a civil lawsuit, from the initial client meeting to the final argument at a mock jury trial. At the pre-trial stages, students will complete assignments and engage in hands-on exercises covering such skills as gathering facts, drafting/responding to a complaint, participating in pre-trial conferences, and conducting discovery. At the trial stage, students will learn to select a jury, make an opening statement, conduct direct and cross-examination and give a closing argument. Discussions will explore the strategic and tactical issues lawyers consider when they develop legal theories and position a case for potential outcomes (settlement or trial). Students will become acquainted with the common ethical questions that arise in civil litigation. The seminar will use a variety of learning methodologies, including readings, drafting assignments, lectures, small group discussions, role-plays and mock exercises, culminating in the mock trial itself. The class has no pre-requisites. Enrollment limited to 18 LLM in American Law Program students. A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 684 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 18th 2019