Fact Investigation Seminar

SLN #: 74361
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 004
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Bartels

Course Description:
The Fact Investigation Seminar will focus on the lawyering task that is the key to most civil and criminal cases. Topics will include planning and strategy; finding people and things; interviewing witnesses (and interrogating suspects); crime scene investigation; eye-witness identification; accident investigation/reconstruction; working with investigators; experts; forensic anthropology; determining the probative value of evidence; and ethical and other legal constraints. Class sessions will be a mixture of polite Socratic dialogue, simulations, and guest speakers. Some classes will be held at the Mesa Police Department and/or the Tempe Police Department.

The Seminar will be a two-semester, four-credit sequence. Students enrolling in the fall will be required to enroll in the spring as well.

Grades will be based primarily on papers that meet the Seminar Writing Requirement, and secondarily (but significantly) on class participation. The pass/fail option will be available.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: Yes
Experiential Learning: No
Special Withdrawal Course: Year-long course. Enrollment for both Fall 09 & Spring 10 semesters is required
Limited Enrollment Number: 16
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes, seminar writing requirement
Participation Points: Approximately 25%
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.