Trial Advocacy Institute - University of Virginia School of Law


The Trial Advocacy College

The Trial Advocacy College is an intensive eight-day experience offered annually between the fall and spring terms. Third-year students are enrolled with participants from the nation’s best litigation units in an intensive practice program with a faculty comprised of some of the best trial lawyers and outstanding judges in the country. This selective program supplements the 14 sections of trial advocacy offered each academic year. Additional practice opportunities for students include several clinics plus a variety of classes using simulations or transactional teaching methods.


In this seminar students prepare to work in the trial court and for the atmosphere of the courtroom. Extensive use is made of simulated trial episodes. Students perform one or more of the functions of trial lawyers on their feet, such as direct and cross examination, opening statements, handling of exhibits, objections and closing argument. Some sections of the seminar require specific witness and juror service of each student enrolled. Instruction in the practice and technique of advocacy is provided during each class session. All sections schedule at least one full mock trial in which each student serves as co-counsel.