Trial Advocacy

Section 4, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 4/12
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1430-1730
  • SL290
01/23/2023 04/24/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

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 Jury selection, Opening Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Expert Witness Examination, Objections, Closing Arguments, and presentation and admission of evidence. Class time will be broken down into (i) instruction; (ii) student practice and performance; and (iii) team discussion/preparation.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
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 Jury selection, Opening Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Expert Witness Examination, Objections, Closing Arguments, and presentation and admission of evidence. 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.
123218349
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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