This is a practical, experiential course on how try to conduct a trial. Students will learn, and then perform during exercises and simulations, the basic skills of a trial lawyer: opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, objections, and closing argument. The course will involve criminal and civil trial advocacy and, for their final trial, each student will choose whether they want to conduct a civil or criminal trial. SCHEDULING NOTE: There will be one hour of lecture per week, and the class will divide into smaller sections so students can perform the skills they have learned and receive feedback; these smaller sections will meet twice a week for 90 minutes. All of these times are incorporated into the listed schedule.
This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Given the overlap in content, students who take this class may not also take the introductory classes in civil trial advocacy or criminal trial advocacy.