This course is a traditional “Trial Practice” course with an additional credit hour to permit examination of the nuances of how some key aspects of the Federal Rules of Evidence are applied in a courtroom setting. The class combines rigorous mock trial exercises, demonstrations, and class discussion to enable students to develop both trial skills and an increased understanding of evidentiary rules. The student will learn all aspects of trial practice, including opening statements, direct and cross examination, making and opposing objections, handling exhibits, expert testimony, impeachment and rehabilitation, and closing argument through the experience of a single mock case. In addition, students will learn how to apply the Federal Rules of Evidence, including but not limited to hearsay, impeachment, opinion testimony, and refreshing recollection. The course is designed especially for students who wish to develop some trial experience but lack the time to enroll in a regular litigation clinic and those who wish to improve their understanding of the nuances of the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Conduct Direct and Cross-Examination of Witnesses
Formulate and Respond to Evidentiary Objections
Introduce Exhibits and Object to the Introduction of Exhibits
Prepare Opening Statement and Closing Arguments (including Rebuttal Argument)