Trial Practice III:Trial Practicum | L47xx

Trial Practice III – The Trial Practicum (TP) is based upon the same educational platform as Trial Practice III – The National Trial Team (NTT). They are the same course, with the only difference being the TP students do not travel to compete against other schools, rather TP students compete in intra-school tournaments. TTP was created in response to the students who desire to benefit from the intensive study and simulated pre-trial and trial experience received by students on the National Trial Team course, and be “practice ready” upon licensure. This year-long, 9 credit, course is by invitation-only, and is demanding and intensive. Content. The TP is an advanced pre-trial and trial practice simulated-learning program. The skills-focused platform addresses the arc of both a civil and criminal case from start to finish: client intake, pleadings, jury instructions, written discovery, depositions, motions practice, voir dire, courtroom advocacy and etiquette. The Summer semester focuses on the basics of trial advocacy and provides students the opportunity to prepare a case and advocate on their feet. Through “Practice Modules”, the Fall semester provides students the opportunity to develop Pre-Trial and Discovery Skills, while preparing for and competing in a mock trial competition. The Spring semester addresses case progression from motions practice through voir dire, while again preparing for and competing in a mock trial competition. Tryouts. Students must be invited to be in the TTP course after open tryouts, which are held every spring (April) in combination with the NTT tryouts. Students do not have to “declare” for which they are trying out. Approximately 8 to 10 new students are invited into the TTP each year for a total of 18 to 20 students each year. TTP is designed to be a two-year commitment (unless a student is selected as a 3L) but it is not mandatory. Class. TTP meets weekly for 2.5 hours and may meet on weekends for “Run Throughs” as a tournament approaches. There is also substantial out-of-class case analysis and drafting required. Grading. Grading is based on the quality of written assignments, classroom participation, simulated courtroom presentations “in the well”, professionalism exhibited in tournaments, and more.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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