Course Description

American Trial Courts: Theory & Practice in the Federal Courts - LAW809
4 Credits

The course components for the federal court ATC course are: three (3) hours of courtroom observation per week, enrollment in a pre- or co-requisite, related course, and participation in the weekly two-hour program seminar. To satisfy the courtroom observation component, students must spend a minimum of three hours per week, as their schedules permit, rotating through the federal bankruptcy, magistrate, and district courts. They must also spend at least one hour per week on the court’s electronic case filing system, studying the progress of an assigned pending case. The program seminar, which meets weekly for two hours per week, is built around the substantive work of the federal courts, with sessions devoted to theory (presented by faculty), practice (presented by attorneys and judges), and student “action” (involving written submissions and oral argument before the court). The content of the program seminars correlates closely with the substance of courtroom observations and provides the students with multiple perspectives on the work of the federal trial courts. (Pre- or co-requisite: Evidence. Satisfies Intermediate Skills Requirement.)