The Trial Advocacy Program provides an introduction to the trial process as well as training in trial skills. Small class sections are taught by leading New England judges and practitioners, who use simulated cases to teach the realities of the courtroom. Students may take a course focusing on pretrial motions and discovery in criminal and civil cases.
Classes cover topics such as:
- Opening statements and closing arguments
- The preparation of witnesses
- Developing a theory of the case
- Introduction of real and documentary evidence and expert witnesses
- Direct and cross-examinations
After completing a basic trial advocacy class, students may opt for an advanced class that immerses them in the trial of an intricate, multi-party case. At the end of the semester, each student performs as counsel in a simulated trial.