The Trial Advocacy Program at Boston University introduces students to the structure of the trial process and gives them personal training in the skills needed by trial lawyers. Small sections are taught by some of the leading judges and practitioners in New England who use simulated cases to teach students the realities of the courtroom. At the end of the semester, each student performs as counsel in a simulated trial. Instructors are given discretion, but most sections cover opening statements and closing arguments, the preparation of witnesses, developing a theory of the case, objections, introduction of real and documentary evidence and expert witnesses, as well as direct and cross-examination.