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4 credit hours, Fall or Spring semester
This course introduces students to theories and approaches that guide fact analysis, persuasion and rhetoric, trial planning, trial process, jury composition, evidence, advocacy, juror addresses, witnesses examination, and visual persuasion. Students practice and master the basic techniques of advocacy at trial, including voir dire examination, opening statements, closing arguments, direct examination, cross examination, exhibit handling, offering and objecting to evidence, and presenting and combating expert witnesses.
Prerequisites: Evidence; Professional Responsibility. Professional Responsibility may be taken concurrently with Trial Advocacy.
Note: This course is a prerequisite for some Pace clinics and for intra- and inter-school Trial Advocacy competitions.