Trial Practice: National Trial Team | L5027

Sturm’s American Association for Justice Trial Team (AAJ) is one of four of the school’s advanced courtroom-simulation based “team-courses” in which students find themselves working intensely with five other students and an instructor, delving deeply into increasingly complex areas of case analysis, evidentiary interpretation and application, examination drafting and presentation, and ethical dynamics of fact patterns. Students must invited to be on one of Sturm’s National Trial Teams, after tryouts that are held every spring (April). The team-courses meet all three semesters (fall, spring and summer). Being invited onto one of the teams is a two-year commitment. Starting the first week of each semester, and continuing throughout the entire semester, the AAJ team-course meets once a week in a classroom environment, for a total of 2.5 classroom hours per week. The AAJ team-course also meets a second time each week for courtroom simulation performances and video review, for an additional four (4) hours. There is also substantial out-of-class case analysis and examination drafting required. The team competes on the national level in the fall at an “invitational” tournament, and in the spring in the AAJ tournament against other ranked law schools from around the country. Grading is based on classroom participation, written homework, and simulated courtroom presentations

Prerequisites: L4635 Trial Practice I
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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