The Honorable Margaret Clancy, Patricia Williams, The Honorable William Mogulescu, Laura Brevetti, Paul Lieberman, The Honorable Paul Davison, Robert Baum Paul Gardephe, Professors Frank Bress, Eugene Cerruti, Lisa Del Pizzo, Avraham Moskowitz, Lawton Squires, Alan Vinegrad, David Raskin, Ann Schofield Baker and Lis Wiehl
Trial Advocacy is an Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning (OCEL) 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. There is no examination or paper; students are graded on the basis of their overall performance in the course.
Pre or co-requisite: Evidence.