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This course is intended to help you learn how to conduct a trial of a criminal case, although the skills taught are applicable to civil cases as well. The exercises are based upon case files, which include statements, exhibits, forensic reports, investigative notes and wiretap evidence. Those problems are designed for a jury trial, but the skills are necessary for any legal audience.
The primary purpose of this course is to train students in lawyering skills. Students will be required to engage in classroom work and participate in simulated exercises. Emphasis will be given to the differences and similarities between administrative tribunal and court advocacy.
The primary focus of the Clinical Criminal Law course is the development of skills required by a practitioner in criminal law. These skills include: interviewing, counselling, negotiation and advocacy skills such as direct and cross-examination and argument.
The purpose of this course is the development of skills required to effectively practice criminal law. Students will be required to attend class and to participate in simulated exercises. Particular emphasis will be given to procedure and practical resolution of criminal law cases.
The course is comprised of weekly faculty-led workshops with guest lectures, followed by reflection sessions to discuss issues, problem solve and present experiences to the other students, and internship practise activities with mentor supervision. Potential workshop topics include: minute book reviews, statutory compliance reviews, entity formation, applications for charitable status, public searches, corporate records management, good governance best practices and policy reviews, effective management of board and committee meetings, management oversight, director independence, risk management, and voting issues. Contemporaneously with the workshop sessions, students will engage in practice activities with mentor supervision and report on the progress of those experiences in the group seminar session. These seminar sessions will take place following the workshop session each week. The purpose of the feedback sessions is to review progress on assigned documents as a group, resolve outstanding issues, share learning experiences, and discuss best practices.