Law 793:  Mirza Trial Academy

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 in 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.

This course is eligible to satisfy the Professional Responsibility and Ethics course requirement for graduation.

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

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

Course Classification: Simulation (experiential)

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