»LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency

LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency is different than most trial advocacy programs because it lets qualified candidates gain nearly unattainable real-world civil or criminal trial experience while in school. Unlike other programs, Chapman's LL.M. in Trial Advocacy gives students who are licensed by the California State Bar the opportunity to participate in a 15-week "residency" in a criminal agency or law firm, where they will routinely make court appearances and handle other pretrial matters. Most will also try at least one complete jury trial. Candidates not licensed by the California State Bar will still be able to receive hands-on trial training from Superior Court Judges and leading jurists, prosecutors, civil litigators and criminal defense attorneys.

Please note that the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program only accepts applications for fall admission.

Learn more about the program and admission requirements for the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency.

+-Courses

Fall (12 cr.)

Monday night
 
Criminal Procedure/Adjudicative Process (3 cr.) (Judge James Rogan, Orange County Superior Court)

This course involves a study of the adjudicative stages of criminal justice:

  • initial appearance
  • bail
  • prosecutorial discretion
  • grand jury proceedings
  • preliminary hearing
  • joinder and severance of offenses and defendants
  • right to speedy trial
  • guilty pleas
  • discovery
  • trial by jury
  • publicity
  • double jeopardy
  • post-conviction remedies.

LAW 7303 Crim Pro/Adjudicative Process M 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

OR

California Evidence (3 cr.) (S. Steiner)

(For students who did not complete Cal Evidence in their JD program.) This course provides a survey of the rules governing the presentation of evidence at trial in California. Topics will include relevance, character evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, expert testimony, and privileges. The course focuses on the California Rules of Evidence, related case law, and constitutional provisions that may limit proof at trial. The class will consider differences between California evidence rules and the Federal Rules of Evidence, and considers both tactical and theoretical approaches to the rules of evidence.
LAW 7318 California Evidence T 5 -7 p.m.

Wednesday night

Trial Practice-Extern/LL.M. (3 cr.) (Judge Prickett)

This is a practical skills course in advocacy which introduces students to the fundamental components of a typical civil and criminal trial and requires students to perform exercises involving each component, and try a mock civil or criminal case from provided problem materials. The course requires student participation in discrete exercises, including jury voir dire, opening and closing statements, and direct and cross-examination. This section is open only to students who will be serving as an extern or LL.M.-trial advocacy lawyer in Spring 2010.
LAW 7617 Trial Practice T 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Thursday night

Advanced Topics in Advocacy: Preliminary Hearings-Extern/LL.M. (2 cr.) (Kevin Haskins, Assistant District Attorney, Orange County DA's Office)

This course focuses on specialized, advanced topics in advocacy, and specifically on putting on and defending felony preliminary hearings in California. It is open only to students who will be serving as an extern or LL.M.-trial advocacy lawyer in Spring 2010. Units of study will include the timing of the hearing, the role of the defendant at the hearing, limitations on the right to a public hearing, the holding order, evidentiary rules at the hearing, and superior court review of the magistrate's decision. 
LAW xxxx Adv Topics: Preliminary Hearings Th 5 -7 p.m.

AND

Advanced Topics in Criminal Procedure-Extern/LL.M. (2 cr.) (Costello)

Advanced Topics in Criminal Law and Procedure (2-3 units)
This course deals with advanced topics in criminal law and procedure. It is open only to students who will be serving as an extern or LL.M.-trial advocacy lawyer in Spring 2010. Units of study will include... Th 7 - 9 p.m.

Spring (12 cr.)

Externship (9 cr. over one semester for a full-time externship)

Externships combine academic training in lawyering skills and the issues that arise in legal practice with practical experience in a placement with a legal office. Externs work under the supervision of qualified and experienced practicing attorneys or judges who provide guidance and training in practical lawyering skills. The classroom component is mandatory for all first-time externs and provides students systematic training in specific lawyering skills that may be relevant to their placements. Students will learn and use skills in preparing for and participating in preliminary hearings, misdemeanor arraignments, motions to suppress evidence, and trial practice. Students also will consider issues related to professionalism and ethics. 
LAW 7589 Externship: Crim Time TBA

Advanced Criminal Procedure-Adjudicative Process (3 cr.) (P. Ahle)

This course involves a study of the adjudicative stages of criminal justice:

  • initial appearance
  • bail
  • prosecutorial discretion
  • grand jury proceedings
  • preliminary hearings
  • joinder and severance of offenses and defendants
  • right to speedy trial
  • guilty pleas
  • discovery
  • trial by jury
  • publicity
  • double jeopardy
  • post-conviction remedies.

LAW 8007 Adv Criminal Procedure-Adjudicative Process Monday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

OR

Civil Litigation Option Course:

Pre-trial Civil Practice (2 cr.) (Jayne Kacer, Dean of Students, Chapman University Fowler School of Law)
This course centers on practical exercises in the preparation of litigation documents. Exercises may include the preparation of a complaint, cross-claim or counter-claim, answer, discovery documents, pre-trial and post trial motions, and trial briefs.
 LAW 7598 Pre-Trial Civil Prac Monday 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

+-Faculty

Faculty for the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency receive hands-on trial training from Superior Court Judges and leading jurists, prosecutors, civil litigators, and criminal defense attorneys.

 

 

 

+-Contact Us

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Chapman University Fowler School of Law
LL.M. Programs
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 628-2635
(714) 628-2655 fax
llm@chapman.edu
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