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Trial Advocacy Preference Form for Fall 2012

Trial Advocacy will be offered during the Fall Semester of 2012 in five sections.

Seniors, December 2012/2013 graduation candidates and Advocacy certificate cadidates have preference; if any vacancies remain, other students who have completed Evidence or are presently enrolled in Evidence may be admitted.

Part-time students have preference for the Tuesday and Thursday evening sections, but full-time students should also include that section in their listing of preferred section times. Part-time students should also include any day sections they can do.

For the first 12 weeks, the course will meet for one hour per week in the Courtroom for lecture. You have the option to attend Monday day lecture from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. or Monday evening lecture from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You will also meet for an additional two hours per week with your section for student excercises. (See below for Section days and times.) The last two weeks of the semester are devoted to day-long trials, scheduled Monday through Saturday.

Enrollment will be limited to a total of 72 students.

All students who sign up will be "registered" for the course, but the actual "enrollment" will not be decided until all such "registrants" have been received. Then, in the event of "over-registration," a lottery will be used to determine who will be actually admitted to the course and "enrolled." The lottery will be conducted as follows:

  • Registration is done by completing the Preference Form below. Each student will have one place in the lottery. Full-time and part-time students may choose any of the Sections — not limited by "Day" or "Evening" times.
  • Students who register for Trial Advocacy in the Fall semester of 2012 but who are "bumped" as a result of the Fall Semester lottery will be given priority for placement in the Spring semester class.
  • Students graduating on December 2012 or in December 2013 and who are also candidates for the Advocacy Certificate will be given first preference. Students graduating in May will be given second preference. December graduating students and Certificate candidates should check the appropriate box on the form.
  • A student will be "bumped" from the course only if all sections chosen by the student are already filled.

For additional information, contact Professor Jay Leach, in the Center for Legal Advocacy at 916.739.7002.


Any student failiing to submit the Trial Advocacy Preference Form will not be registered for the course.

If you register online, register only by filling out the Trial Advocacy Form. Hard-copy versions of the form are available in the Registrar's Office.