A lawyering skills course, providing focused study and practical training in the overall skill of conducting a jury trial. Weekly readings, discussions, and demonstrations of the various trial skills from opening statements to summations.
The heart of the course lies in the simulation exercises performed by students in small sections with professors who are themselves skilled trial advocates. The course meets twice a week, once in a large lecture/demonstration meeting, and once in a small performance section. Each week is devoted to a separate skill, which is discussed, developed, and demonstrated at the large class meeting, and then performed by students through simulation exercises in the small section meeting. Each student concludes the course with a live, half-day mock jury trial. All student performances, both in the small section and at the mock trial, are videotaped. No examination or paper; students are graded on the basis of their overall performance in the course.
This upper-level simulation course provides focused study and practical training in the overall skill of conducting a jury trial.
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. 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; Real Estate and Land Use; IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy; General Practice - Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: Evidence