LAW Trial Practice

Hon. Gordon Doerfer (Ret.), Hon. Linda Giles, Hon. Janis M Berry,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


Using simulations and feedback, this course focuses on teaching students the fundamental skills necessary to become an effective trial advocate, including techniques for opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross examinations of witnesses, and introduction of real and documentary evidence. Throughout the semester, students will prepare and perform trial exercises in class. In addition to in-class instruction and feedback, exercises will be videotaped and students will have the opportunity to review the videos individually with the professor. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in a full mock trial with co-counsel at the end of the semester, some final trials may be held outside of regular class hours, but they will be scheduled to avoid conflicts with students’ other class and work commitments. Grades are based upon preparation of all assigned exercises, class participation, ability to receive and incorporate feedback as reflected in the final trials, and written critiques of the final trials. Evidence is not a prerequisite; it may be taken concurrently.


pointer    Enrollment is limited: 16 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements


<<Course Updated: April 08, 2013>>