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Changes to the Dickinson Law Bulletin

Changes to the Dickinson Law Bulletin will be tracked in real-time and listed below. At the end of every semester, these updates will be incorporated into the Bulletin.

Course Changes: Effective Spring 2021

BAR 911: Evidence

Old Listing Effective Through Fall 2020:

This course covers the presentation of evidence in trials under the Federal Rules of Evidence. We will address substantive topics that include relevancy, hearsay, competency, examination of lay and expert witnesses, judicial notice, privilege, authentication, the best evidence rule, in addition to various Constitutional issues and procedural rules.

Changes Effective Spring 2021:

  • Credits

CCURR 907: National Trial Moot Court Team (2 Credits)

Old Listing Effective Through Fall 2020:

Member National Trial Moot Court Team

Changes Effective Spring 2021:

  • Change Titles: National Mock Trial Team

CERT 907: Election Law

Old Listing Effective Through Fall 2020:

This course covers federal and state election law and will examine the constitutional basis for the regulation of elections, the development of the law in this area over the last 30 years, as well as criminal and civil enforcement of the law, the role of the Federal Election Commission, the formation and regulation of political action committees, as well as related federal tax law provisions impacting operation of political committees and advocacy organizations. The course will also examine the intersection of the election law with congressional ethics rules, lobbying regulations and representation of political candidates and entities in election law matters.

Changes Effective Spring 2021:

  • Credits

CONLW 965: First Amendment - Free Speech (3 Credits)

Old Listing Effective Through Fall 2020:

This course examines the history, values and function of free expression, advocacy of illegal action, expression that provokes a hostile audience reaction, defamation, commercial advertising, obscenity, hate speech and pornography, expression in public places, symbolic speech, campaign finance laws, and speech in restricted environments.

Changes Effective Spring 2021:

  • Description

EXPSK 901: Advanced Appellate Advocacy (2 Credits)

Old Listing Effective Through Fall 2020:

The primary goal of this course is to prepare students to be effective appellate lawyers, in any practice setting as well as in moot court competitions. This upper-level advanced skills course focuses on appellate theory, standard of review, advanced appellate brief writing, and the art of appellate oral argument. The course is designed to build upon the legal research and writing skills learned in the 1L curriculum; to hone and refine writing, research, and oral advocacy skills; and to develop the judgment necessary to be exceptional appellate advocates. Students will work with a partner to prepare a simulated appeal, and will be responsible for analyzing a record on appeal, developing core themes, telling a persuasive story, crafting persuasive arguments, and presenting those stories and arguments in both an appellate brief and in an oral argument. Student work will culminate in a final appellate brief and a series of oral arguments.

Changes Effective Spring 2021:

  • Change Titles: Appellate Advocacy