Trial Advocacy (Hybrid Class)

Section 2SP, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1230-1510
  • SL294
01/25/2021 04/26/2021

Course Description

In this seminar, students are prepared for work in the trial court and for the atmosphere of the courtroom. Extensive use is made of simulated trial episodes. During the early weeks of the semester, several phases of trial practice will be discussed, and students will be given the opportunity to perform the functions of trial lawyers on their feet using the simulated scenarios. These functions include opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross examination, including handling of exhibits and objections. Students will be given the opportunity to act as witnesses during the exercises. They will also be asked to provide juror services during final trials. Instruction in the practice and technique of advocacy is provided during each class session. Each student will participate in a full mock trial in the latter weeks of the term and will serve as individual or co-counsel for one of the litigants in the trial. Drafting required is limited to preparation of jury instructions for the final trial.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Drafting required is limited to preparation of jury instructions for the final trial.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Evidence (6104)) Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 16, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 02, 11:59 PM