The College of Law’s broad advocacy curriculum offers numerous courses and opportunities that teach essential skills necessary to make students effective advocates in a variety of practice settings.
Courses range from trial practice to appellate practice to alternative dispute resolution. Moreover, extensive clinical programs provide students with the opportunity to advocate on behalf of actual clients under faculty supervision in civil and criminal courts.
- Trial practice courses, in particular, are popular elective offerings among College of Law students. In beginning and advanced courses, experienced trial lawyers, judges, and law school faculty members teach elements of trial procedure, strategy, and techniques.
- Advance trial practice courses concentrate on the communicative aspects of litigation, including jury selection, expert witness examination, direct and cross-examination, and summation. Simulated trials take place in the law school’s state-of-the-art courtrooms.
- Law students also have opportunities to hone essential advocacy skills by participating in our nationally ranked Advocacy Program, working with experienced coaches and learning how to conduct themselves in trials, appellate court, and bilateral negotiations.