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News from The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program January 2014

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program offers 14 courses for J.D. and Advocacy LL.M. students taught in 35 sections to over 400 students each year. Each section is taught by two instructors, usually a trial judge, full-time faculty member, or an experienced practitioner.

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Litigation Skills Summer Institute

WCL hosted its annual Litigation Skills Summer Institute from July 13 - July 28th.  The two week program consisted of four courses: Lay Witness Depositions, Expert Witness Depositions, Digital Presentations, and Civil Trial Advocacy.  Participants had the choice to take one, two, or all of the courses. Of note was the new Digital Presentations Workshop. A nationally recognized expert in the field of digital presentations taught a full day seminar on how to present evidence with the newest technology available in the context of witness examinations and closing arguments.

The Summer Institute featured a host of faculty experts. Their methodology was to give short lectures and demonstrations and provide critique and suggestions to students based on their in-class performances. Students honed pre-trial and trial skills, such as deposing fact and expert witnesses, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, preparing and conducting cross-examinations, making timely objections, and laying the proper foundation to admit evidence. Each course was designed to give participants simulated, real-world experiences to sharpen their advocacy skills. Click here to apply to the 2014 LSSI.

Advocacy LL.M. Boasts 100% Employment Rate

The Advocacy LL.M. Program has experienced tremendous growth and success. The Program currently boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for those graduates eligible to practice law in the United States. Students work closely with LL.M. Program staff to realize their career goals. Click here to apply to our Advocacy LL.M. Through individualized career counseling, a network of over 45 adjunct trial advocacy faculty, and the availability of externships in their areas of interest, recent Advocacy LL.M. graduates have secured positions in a variety of offices, including:

  • The Office of the Attorney General, Washington, D.C.
  • The Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney, Louisville, KY
  • The Public Defender's Office, Nashville, TN
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Washington, D.C.

Sixth Annual Capitol City Challenge

The American University, Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society proudly announce the Sixth Annual Capitol City Challenge. This year’s mock trial competition takes place on February 27- March 2, 2014 at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Unlike any other mock trial competition, the final round will be preceded by a jury panel voir dire during which the final teams will be able to select their panel of scoring judges. The competition features a civil case problem and access to modern courthouse technology. Eighteen of the nation's top trial advocacy schools will compete.

If your firm or office would like to sponsor the Capitol City Challenge, we are offering opportunities for invaluable marketing opportunities. We also need attorneys to participate as judges. Please contact Elizabeth Lippy at or (202)274-4145.