Advocacy Program Courses

The Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program offers students the opportunity to learn from and be guided by industry leaders, including active legal practitioners, as well as local and federal judges. With 17 courses led by the program, students can build a foundation of advocacy skills and strengthen them through advanced courses. 

Foundational Courses

Offered in several sections each academic year, both Civil Trial Advocacy and Criminal Trial Advocacy feature classes taught by both a seasoned litigator and judge. Students are also coached during class by a professional actor on their public speaking and courtroom presence. At the end of each semester, students travel to the county courthouse in nearby Montgomery County, MD for their final exam, which includes a practicing judge presiding over the trial and real jurors. Students can also take a course on appellate advocacy in the spring, which includes an overview of appellate procedure, brief writing, and oral argument techniques, within the context of appellate advocacy in civil cases.

Advanced Courses

To build on the skills learned in the basic advocacy courses, students have numerous opportunities to further engage with advocacy through advanced litigation and evidence courses. The Advocacy Program offers a range of courses that focus on teaching critical skills needed to be effective in the field, by industry leaders who excel in what they do.

Students at mock trial competition
Judge Sullivan
Student at mock trial competition
Students practicing mock trial
Students at mock trial session
student giving closing argument

Final Trials

A highlight of the Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy courses is the final trial. At the end of each semester, students travel to the courthouse in Montgomery County, MD where their final exams are conducted. These final exams feature a practicing judge presiding over the trial, jurors, feedback from the presiding judge, jury verdict, and juror feedback at the end of the trial.