Advanced Trial Advocacy and Professional Responsibility

This course focuses on the development of core competencies necessary for the successful trial lawyer.  These competencies include critical motion practice, depositions, settlement mediation, electronic discovery, jury selection, and courtroom presentation skills. The course emphasizes learning core trial advocacy skills through the performance of courtroom exercises, including a trial at the end of the semester.  The ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility are integrated all aspects of the course.  Courtroom exercises teach students to identify and ethically resolve professional responsibility issues confronting trial lawyers. The course is taught by experienced trial lawyers and judges in the Chicago area who critique weekly courtroom performance exercises and who judge the final trial.

Prerequisites:  The following courses are preferred, but not required for enrollment: Evidence and Trial Advocacy (fall semester).

Evaluation: This course will be evaluated through weekly courtroom performance exercises and a final mock trial.