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Trial Advocacy: Planning, Presentation And Persuasion

Students study the basic components of trials and learn fundamental advocacy skills. The focus of this course is on the various persuasive methods for causing a judge or jury to view evidence from a litigant's perspective. Emphasis will be placed on developing a persuasive theory of the case, constructing opening statements and closing arguments, presenting expert testimony, and planning the presentation of evidence so as to maximize its effectiveness. During the course, students try both civil and criminal case, because the substantive, evidentiary and procedural laws are different for each. In addition to refreshing and refining their knowledge of evidence and procedure, students are taught to think by formulating a case theory, theme and strategy; to communicate more effectively by designing and orally presenting opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross of fact and expert witnesses, voir dire, evidentiary objections and responses, and all other aspects of actually trying a case before court and jury

Enrollment Notes:
This course is open only to students participating in intermural trial advocacy competitions as members of the Moot Court Honor Society. Registration will be done administratively.
Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students graded on in-class simulations and mock trial.