Trial Advocacy

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/12
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1430-1730
  • SL292
01/26/2022 04/27/2022

Course Description

Do you think Babe Ruth swung a bat for the first time when he stepped up to home plate at his first MLB game? Do you think Misty Copeland performed her first pirouette at her audition for the American Ballet Theatre? The answer to both of those questions is likely “no”. So why would you step into a courtroom to try a case without any practice? This course is geared towards giving the student instruction and practice in presenting a case at trial. The course will follow two simulated civil trial cases over the course of the semester, with students split into two teams (plaintiff’s counsel and defendant’s counsel). Each student will learn and perform all aspects of a trial, including Preliminary Motions, Opening Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Expert Witness Examination, Objections, and Closing Arguments. Class time will be broken down into (i) instruction; (ii) student practice and performance; and (iii) team discussion/preparation.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
Each student will learn and perform all aspects of a trial, including Preliminary Motions, Opening Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Expert Witness Examination, Objections, and Closing Arguments. Class time will be broken down into (i) instruction; (ii) student practice and performance; and (iii) team discussion/preparation.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Evidence recommended, but not required. 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: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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.
122217466
Law No.
LAW9081
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 15, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM
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