This course is designed to familiarize students with the basics of trial advocacy, and provide exposure to actual courtroom advocacy. To that end, the class is held in the Washtenaw County Courthouse, and students will receive an orientation to the mechanics of trial practice (motion practice, scheduling orders, case evaluation, alternative dispute resolution, settlement conferences, etc.) as background to the simulated trial tasks. Those trial tasks focus on the chronological development of a trial: jury selection; opening statement; direct examination; exhibits; objections; cross examination; impeachment and rehabilitation; experts and closing arguments. Individual critique will be provided each week by the instructor. At the end of the semester, each student team will participate in a jury trial, either against two of their classmates, or against Trial Practice students from another Law School. At that time they will receive individual critique from the jury and practicing attorneys, magistrates or judges who will serve as Judges in the trial.
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