Civil Trial Practice (3880)

A two-credit intensive course in the style developed by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). This course will give students an opportunity to gain two credits before summer classes begin, but more importantly, it will allow them to develop important trial skills for future work.

 This course is designed to instruct the student on how to perceive trial issues and to develop litigation skills and an understanding of the trial process. Assigned readings and lectures will provide background for the courtroom exercises that are to be performed during class. Class attendance is mandatory. Students will play the roles of jurors, witnesses and opposing counsel. Students learn by performing, watching, critiquing and asking questions.

The main objective of this class will be for the student to use their initiative to proficiently perform the duties and functions of a trial lawyer before and during trial making good tactical and strategic decisions as an effective advocate. In this regard, the course will cover trial procedures such as developing a theory of the case, jury selection, opening statement, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, introduction of evidence, making and responding to objections, and closing arguments.

The course is graded Pass/No Pass.

Course Details

  • Credits: 2