The course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of the trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent clients in trials. The course addresses the principal function of trials - the resolution of disputed questions of fact - and the trial lawyer's role in identifying, developing and presenting persuasive evidence to the judges and jurors who perform that function. The course also focuses on the development of specific skills in connection with such tasks as fact analysis, preparing and conducting direct and cross examinations, preparing and delivering opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections. These subjects are presented through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and simulated role-playing exercises. The simulations culminate in videotaped mock jury trial.
This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students are allowed to take only one Trial Advocacy related course (Civil, Criminal or Year-long) in their 2nd or 3rd year due to overlap in course content.
Please see the individual descriptions for instructor specific requisite requirements.
This course was previously numbered 405.