The seminar will examine:
- The history of the U.S. jury trial system
- Jury selection dynamics
- Factors affecting juror performance during the trial
- Jury management challenges such as increasing juror comprehension in complex litigation and juror privacy
- Current policy debates concerning the jury.
By participating in class discussions and role-plays and critically observing a real jury trial, students should better understand the nuances of trial by jury and feel more comfortable about appearing before a jury. By studying the assigned readings and writing an observation report on the jury trial they attended, students will come to understand the do's and don'ts of communicating with juries and the dynamic efforts occurring across the country to bring about improved jury trial management.