The course explores theoretical and practical aspects of the trial process and provides training in the skills needed to represent clients in trials. Classes consider the principal function of trials - the resolution of disputed questions of fact - and the trial lawyers’ role in presenting persuasive evidence to the judges and jurors who perform that function. Classes also focus on the development of specific skills in such tasks as fact analysis, conducting direct and cross examinations, making opening statements and closing arguments, using exhibits, and making and responding to evidentiary objections. These subjects are presented through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and simulated role-playing exercises. The simulations culminate in a 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.