Trial Advocacy

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1300-1500
  • SL290
01/26/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

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 scenarios will include both civil and criminal matters and may include an allegation of sexual assault. 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:
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
Students will perform the functions of trial lawyers (opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross examination, including handling of exhibits and objections). Students will also act as witnesses during the exercises and serve as jurors during final trials. 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.

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

*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.
123217962
Law No.
LAW9081
Modified Type
Simulation
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM
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