Two Semester Program
The academic program unfolds over two semesters. First, in Pretrial Advocacy, students learn all aspects of the pretrial preparation phase. They learn how to interview a client, plan pretrial investigation, identify and retain experts, and draft pleadings and motions. Students also learn how to develop the cornerstone of any successful litigation strategy: a theory of the case. Pretrial Advocacy also covers deposition strategies and techniques leading up to jury selection.
Practice With Practicioners
Students take Pretrial Advocacy and Trial Advocacy courses from experienced trial lawyers and judges who introduce them to the “real world” of litigation. These distinguished trial lawyers and jurists teach effective trial techniques by providing live demonstrations relating to jury selection, opening and closing statements, and direct and cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses. Students also learn how computer technology is now used to create and introduce state-of-the-art trial exhibits that will enhance the presentation of evidence at trial.
Trial Advocacy ends with a capstone experience: each student will litigate a mock trial in real and simulated hearings.