Continuing Legal Education
The new Intensive CLE program at the College of Law allows practitioners to audit law school classes during summer semester. 26 hours of CLE will be awarded. Registration information coming soon. Available classes are:
7841 – 1 8524
Preparing, Examining and Cross-Examining Witnesses with Richard McKelvie
MTWHF 9:00am – 4:00pm Room 107
Opening statements and closing arguments are seen as the trial lawyer’s stock in trade, but trials are won and lost on the witness stand. This course will focus on the preparation, handling and presentation of the witness at trial. The class will emphasize the importance of pre-trial preparation before both direct and cross-examination, and the execution of those skills. We will also deal with witnesses who need specific preparation, handling, and presentation, such as experts, child victims of violent or sex-related crimes, witnesses who are mentally or emotionally disabled, and witnesses who must testify through the use of an interpreter. The format of the class will be a lecture on the use and presentation of a particular classification of witness, a demonstration of a direct and/or cross-examination of that class of witness, and hands-on participation in the examinations of the witness by students. This 2-credit course is graded.
7842 – 1 8523
Taking and Defending Depositions with Randy Dryer
MTWHF 9:00am – 4:00pm Room 107
With only a small percentage of cases actually going to trial, the real battleground for most litigation is the deposition. Depositions can make or break a client?s case and knowing how to effectively take and defend depositions is key to a successful litigation strategy. Deposition testimony often plays a pivotal role in determining motions for summary judgment and in settlement. This is a practical skills course and students will learn the basics of taking and defending the depositions of lay witnesses, Rule 30(b)(6) corporate representatives and expert witnesses. Through lecture, classroom demonstrations and mock deposition exercises, students will learn the procedural rules governing depositions, various examination techniques, how to handle documents, how to assert and respond to objections, how to prepare a deponent and the ethical issues surrounding depositions. The mock deposition exercise will be conducted by experienced lawyers.
7859 – 1 8522
Corporate Financial Transactions with Christian Johnson
TWHF 9:00am – 4:00pm BCNF
Corporate Financial Transactions will provide an analysis of the legal, business and credit issued involved in entering into and documenting loans, letters of credit, and repos. Students will study and review the legal structures, provisions and documentation for these types of transactions. In addition, supporting documentation such as corporate authority documents, guaranties and legal opinions will also be studied. Finally, other issues such as bankruptcy, taxation and capital requirements affecting those transactions will also be considered. The course will provide students with the basic foundational understanding and background for working with legal documentation in a transactional legal practice.
7886 – 1 8521
Statutory Interpretation with Michael Teter
MTWHF 1:00pm – 3:50pm Room 107
This course is designed to provide students with the skills to successfully interpret state and federal statutes. The course is organized around the doctrines and principles that courts rely on when interpreting statutes, and incorporates exercises and an exam that focuses on developing the tools to argue and resolve difficult statutory interpretation questions.
Many events at the College of Law offer continuing legal education (CLE) credit for practitioners. CLE can be earned by attending events in person, or by watching online.
To earn and apply for CLE credit for live events, please write down your name and Utah Bar Number at the CLE sign-in table.
To earn and apply for CLE credit watching archived events online, submit Self-Study Form 5 to the Utah State Bar. This form can be found on the Utah Bar’s website. $10.00 must accompany each application.