Curriculum Guide · Courses
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.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Trial Practice and Applied Evidence or Patent Trial Practice.
This seminar will be held at the D.C. Superior Court at 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The specific room and instructions for admission will be provided by the professors.