Intensive Trial and Advocacy Skills
This lawyering skills course provides an introduction to the basic trial and advocacy skills that lawyers use in motion argument, hearings, trials, administrative proceedings and arbitration. The skills covered include: case theory and story-telling; communication for lawyers; direct and cross examination; exhibits; impeachment; openings and closings; and motion argument. Before the course begins, assigned readings give students an introduction to trial and advocacy skills. During the course, faculty introduce each skill with a lecture and demonstration and then students practice the fundamentals of the skill through drills. The heart of the course are the skills workshops during which the students perform the skill and get immediate feedback from faculty. The course will culminate in a mock trial. All student performances will be video-taped.
This four-day intensive lawyering skills course offered during the intersession between the spring semester and the summer session provides an introduction to the basic trial and advocacy skills that lawyers use in motion argument, hearings, trials, administrative proceedings and arbitration.
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Pre/co-requisite: Students interested in participating in the NYLS Trial Competition Team must take either Intensive Trial and Advocacy Skills or Trial Advocacy.