Course Offerings: Civil Trial Advocacy

CIVIL TRIAL ADVOCACY (LAW-795BP)

Dates:  Junes 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, & 16 | 6:00-9:30pm; June 18 | 9:00-4:00pm

The two credit Civil Trial Advocacy course will follow the same learning by doing format that is used in the existing three credit version of the course but will be compressed down to seven sessions of intensive instruction, demonstrations, followed by student role-playing performances and critique culminating in a full trial simulation.   Students will use materials published by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (“NITA”), a trial technique textbook, as well as supplemental materials created by the Trial Advocacy Program.  Students will spend a significant amount of time in class practicing opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. The course will finish with a mock trial with immediate and substantive feedback from the professors.  The prerequisite for this course is Civil Procedure.  Evidence must be taken as a pre- or co-requisite.

FACT WITNESSES DEPOSITION (LAW-733)

Dates:  June 1 & 2 |6:00-9:30pm; June 4 | 9:00-4:00pm

This course will follow the learning by doing format of other trial advocacy courses.  Students will receive instruction through brief, focused lectures, demonstrations, and feedback from the professors on in-class performances.  Students will spend a significant amount of time in class practicing witness preparation and questioning techniques.  Each student will have multiple opportunities to gain experience in taking and defending depositions and will receive immediate critique and feedback from the instructor.  Students will also be required to review webcasts of their performances and provide self-critiques. Civil Procedure is a prerequisite for this course.

EXPERT WITNESSES DEPOSITION (LAW-734)

Dates:  June 7 & 9 | 6:00-9:30pm; June 11 | 9:00-4:00pm

This course will follow the learning by doing format of other trial advocacy courses.  Students will receive instruction through brief, focused lectures, demonstrations, and feedback from the professors on in-class performances.  Students will spend a significant amount of time in class practicing expert witness preparation and questioning techniques.   Each student will have multiple opportunities to gain experience in taking and defending expert depositions and will receive immediate critique and feedback from the instructor.  Students will also be required to review webcasts of their performances and provide self-critiques.  Civil Procedure is a prerequisite for this course.