American Assoc of Justice Trial Advocacy Preparation
The focus of this course is on persuasion and methods for causing a judge or jury to view evidence from a litigant's perspective, with the American Association of Justice problem being the backdrop. Emphasis will be placed on developing a persuasive theory of the case, constructing opening statements and closing arguments to present the case theory, 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. Indeed, except for the desire to win, even strategy differs between criminal and civil cases. 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.