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Moot Court: Mock Trial

Limit: 24 students

Learn how to try a case. This practical skills course, taught by a former prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, consists of lectures, demonstrations, and on-your-feet practice in small groups. Students will learn and hone all aspects of trial, including pre-trial motions, preparing a trial notebook, opening statement, evidence admission and objections, direct and cross examinations, and closing argument. The course culminates in students (in two-person teams) trying both sides of a criminal case in an actual courtroom at the Moot Court/Mock Trial competition. Individuals who excel in the class and competition are invited to represent the school in a regional trial competition in the Spring.

Class attendance and participation, including 3 mid- and late-term Saturday sessions, is mandatory.

Prerequisites: Completion of/concurrent enrollment in Evidence is strongly recommended.

Skill*: Trial Litigation

*Students may not earn more than six (6) credit hours in any one skill area