LAWE614-44 Zealous Advocacy in the MA Trial Courts

This course will parallel the Public Defender's Zealous Advocacy Training for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to apply to Hampden County Lawyers for Justice (HCLJ) as a Bar Advocate, which is a contract attorney position. Students will learn how to defend a criminal case from bail to trial. This simulation course will provide students with the ability to conduct legal research, perform oral advocacy, and engage in trial practice. Throughout the semester, students will interview clients, conduct bail hearings, learn objections, motion practice, and participate in cross examination and voir dire workshops. At the end of the course, students will also participate in a mock trial. Each class will consist of lecturing, guest speakers and role-play exercises. Students must be in their final semester of law school to enroll in this course. (This course counts towards the Public Interest Law Practice and Criminal Law Practice concentrations.)