Trial Advocacy: Yearlong
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Gittis Hall 214
This is a pass-fail course with strict reading and in-class performance requirements. It is a skills course in trial techniques and related litigation theory development. The student will learn how to prepare and try civil and criminal cases. The objectives are to create strong fundamental skills in the art of direct examination, cross-examination, objections, preparation of witnesses, jury selection, preparation and examination of expert witnesses, introduction of documents, and opening and closing arguments. There will be video-taped exercises followed by individual critique. The course culminates in full mock trials in state or federal courtrooms, with witnesses and jurors. All students participate as trial counsel. It is strongly recommended that students have completed, or are currently enrolled in an Evidence course. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
Approximately six (6) students will be selected from the combined classes to participate, on a voluntary basis, in the National Mock Trial Competition. Tryouts are held at the conclusion of the first semester. If selected, the Trial Team's second semester will entail participation on the Trial Team, and those selected will not be required to attend the regular Trial Advocacy classes.
This course is graded credit/fail only.
"State v. Burns, Problems and Case File" by National Institute for Trial Advocacy