Course Description

American Trial Courts: New York State Court Practice in County Court, Civil Court & Commercial Part - LAW822
4 Credits

This ATC course, designed for 2L and 3L students, immerses the students in the work of the New York State Civil Court, County Court (Felonies), and Commercial Part, all located in the Riverhead court complex. While the substance of this course is entirely different from the course based in Cohalan, the structure and requirements are similar. Students spend approximately four weeks completing a rotation through each of the three courts specified above. These hours are pre-scheduled at a designated time, every week, for approximately three hours, During these sessions, the students focus on procedures and substance related to the type of courtroom being observed (e.g. pre-trial hearings and trials in the County court, Article 78 and discovery proceedings in Civil court, corporate dissolutions and shareholder derivative suits in the Commercial part). Students are expected to engage in discussions with judges and attorneys during these courtroom sessions. Students are also required to actively participate in a three hour weekly seminar. For two hours of the session, judges, practitioners and faculty present students with issues related to theory and practice that correlate closely with the substance of the observation sessions. For one hour of the seminar, students will discuss and work collaboratively with one another, and with guest practitioners, on the written submissions/oral arguments they are assigned to present before a designated state judge. (Pre- or co-requisite: Evidence. Satisfies Intermediate Skills Requirement.)