Criminal Procedure Litigation Skills

Law 206P






The motion to suppress is the most common pretrial motion in criminal practice. It is also one of the most challenging motions to litigate because the lawyers must examine witnesses and then immediately make legal arguments based on the testimony elicited. Students in this course will develop their skills in oral advocacy and deepen their understanding of the doctrines of criminal procedure investigation by litigating a series of simulated motion to suppress hearings alternating between the role of prosecutor and defense lawyer. Students will learn to conduct effective direct and cross examinations and to make effective oral arguments on fourth, fifth, and sixth amendment issues in criminal cases. Students will also deepen their understanding of the doctrines of criminal procedure investigation.

Criminal Procedure Investigation and Trial Advocacy are pre-requisites. 

M. Kleinschmidt

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