Curriculum Guide · Courses
Professors Cary and Latcovich
J.D. Skills 351 | 2 credit hours
This course blends rigorous mock trial experiences with class discussion of trial techniques, strategy, and ethics. Students directly participate in a series of trial practice problems as witnesses and attorneys. Some sections use videotape as an aid to the learning process. Different instructors in this course emphasize different problems, including jury selection, motions and discovery practices, opening statements, direct and cross examination, handling exhibits, expert testimony, making and opposing objections, and closing arguments. The course is designed especially for students who wish to obtain some trial experience but lack the time to enroll in a regular litigation clinic. Note: Some sections of this course may require extended classes or extra meetings outside of class to accommodate a mock trial.
Prerequisite: Civil Procedure (or Legal Process and Society); Criminal Justice (or the equivalent Democracy and Coercion), or Criminal Procedure; Evidence (Prior or concurrent enrollment in Evidence is required.).
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Trial Practice and Applied Evidence; Civil Litigation Practice; or Patent Trial Practice.