The Trial Advocacy Clinic
is a year-long course that trains students in the skills needed to represent clients in pretrial and trial litigation, and trial techniques. In the fall semester, students are systematically trained in trial advocacy techniques and in the spring, they undertake representation of clients in actual hearings.
In the fall semester, classes focus on the principal function of trials-the resolution of disputed questions of fact-and the trial lawyer's role in presenting persuasive evidence to the judges and jurors who perform that function. In addition, students are trained in key skills such as fact investigation and analysis, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objectives.
During the Spring semester, under faculty supervision, the students represent clients at actual hearings such as unemployment compensation appeals hearings, wage claim hearings, political asylum cases, employment discrimination cases, and small claims appeal hearings. Although the faculty work closely with the students, the students share primary responsibility for interviewing clients and witnesses, planning and investigating cases, and representing their clients at the hearing.
Krysta Kauble talks about her experiences with the Trial Advocacy Clinic:
For more information about this clinic, units, enrollment and any prerequisites, please click HERE
In conjunction with outside agencies such as Bet Tzedek and Neighborhood Legal Services, the students have won at least 90% of their cases over the years.