Trial Practice: Mentors Practicum | L4442

Advanced Trial Practice: Mentors Practicum is a year-long, skills-based course for law school students seeking to refine their trial skills, and improve their understanding and application of evidence and criminal procedure, through teaching these skills to local area high school mock trial students. Admission to the course is permission of professor only; please place yourself on the wait list and a short application will be sent to you in the near future.

The course consists of two classes a week. The first takes place at the law school and is facilitated by Professors Schott and Webb. This weekly class involves case analysis and evidentiary discussion, resulting in the law students preparing their lesson plans to be taught to the high school students. Lesson plans will include trial topics such as case analysis and evidentiary discussions, direct and cross-examination, objections and the rules of evidence, opening statements, closing arguments, and development of theme and theory.

The second weekly class takes place at a local area high school, where the law students act as mentor-coaches to high school mock trial teams participating in the Fall Providence Cup Mock Trial Tournament and the Spring Colorado Bar Association's mock trial competition.

Admission to the class is by permission of the professors. While preference will be given to students who have completed Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Practice I and II, consideration will also be given to students who have not completed all those courses but have experience gained through participation in a Student Law Office clinic, STLA moot court competitions, ABA or TYLA trial team, or an externship that involved attorney-supervised trial work.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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