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LAW G806: Orphans Court Pleading and Trial Practice
Fall 2023 • Section 21

Course Description

This course will cover both petition and accounting practice, and trial practice in the Pennsylvania Orphans' Courts with special attention to will contests. The students will study the applicable state and local rules and case law in those substantive areas most commonly litigated in the Orphans' Court and will draft a series of pleading practice documents. During the trial practice portion of the course, students will learn about the various phases of a trial in a courtroom setting by making opening statements, performing direct and cross-examinations, and making closing arguments, using materials derived from an actual will contest that was tried in Philadelphia County Orphans’ Court. The final assessment will consist of a mock trial with team participation. This is a pass/fail class, and participation is paramount.


Day/Time Location
W 5:30-7:20 PM Klein 1B

Course Details

  • Adam Gusdorff
  • Anne Lazarus
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Types
  • Writing
  • Simulation
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Experiential/Professional Skills


Registration Info

Registration Notes

This is a Graduate Tax Program course. JD students must obtain permission to register from Kathy Mandelbaum, Interim Director of Grad Tax Program. This is a pass/fail class, and participation is paramount.


You must have completed the following courses before enrolling in this course:

  • LAW 0602 (Trusts and Estates )

Book List/Materials