The College of Law’s curriculum offers numerous courses that teach essential skills necessary to make students effective advocates in the variety of settings they will encounter as practicing lawyers.
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 Syracuse 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.
In addition to our course and clinical offerings, law students have opportunities to hone essential advocacy skills by participating in the award winning advocacy program. Working with experienced coaches, students learn how to conduct themselves in trials, appellate court arguments, and bilateral negotiations. Participation in these competitions provides students with oral advocacy and writing skills that are crucial to their legal training.