Trial Practice

Students will learn to prepare and deliver the basic components of a trial—opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments. This course will explore the principles that govern trial advocacy as well as the strategic considerations that must be taken into account. Students will have opportunities to compare and critique different styles, strategies, and techniques. As a capstone project each student, working with a partner, will prepare and present a three-hour mock trial.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and deconstruct the principles that govern trial advocacy.
  • Compare and critique different trial practice styles, strategies, and techniques.
  • Prepare and present the basic components of a trial, including the opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments.