You are here

Trial Advocacy Course

This introductory course provides students with the basic trial skills and offers an invaluable and unique earning experience. Students learn these skills by doing and watching as a hypothetical cases are litigated at the trial level.

Throughout the semester, students learn to:

  • Prepare witnesses
     
  • Perform a variety of short and longer exercises including direct and cross examinations
     
  • Make objections
     
  • Write evidentiary memos
     
  • Deliver opening and closing statements

Student performances are critiqued by faculty and their peers. Critiques include demonstrations as well as an opportunity for the students to re work their performance. All student performances are digitally recorded for self-analysis.

The course concludes with students presenting a full case in front of simulated judges and the use of Presentation Software, i.e. Power Point, Summation, etc.