Law 694:  Advanced Trial Team

Advanced Trial Team is a graded experiential advanced trial advocacy course conducted in the fall (two hours) and spring (two hours) semesters for a total of four credit hours. Enrollment is by audition.  Auditions take place during the spring semester for the following academic year.  Eligibility for the Advanced Trial Team requires as prerequisites the following College of Law courses: Trial Team (694), Trial Advocacy (694), Fundamentals of Trial Practice (695) and Evidence (682).  Those who accept invitations to the team register for the fall and spring sections of this class.  The Advanced Trial Team provides in-depth instruction to further hone, develop, and polish both written and oral advocacy skills with a devoted team coach, as well as additional opportunities to learn from College of Law faculty, guest attorney and communications coaches. 

Trial team competitions teach students how to meet the practical challenges that lawyers typically face in a modern legal practice. In addition to polishing their fundamental trial skills, team members learn how to analyze and master a case file, navigate a courtroom environment, discipline hostile or aggressive witnesses, and turn the laws of evidence into allies. Advanced Trial Team members try at least one case during each semester of membership and, in doing so, they transfer knowledge gained in the classroom domain into firsthand practical experiences in the courtroom. Moreover, members have exceptional opportunities at trial advocacy tournaments to make valuable networking connections within the legal community with sitting judges, practicing attorneys, and peers from law schools across the country.

Additional Opportunities: Students selected for Advanced Trial Team who participate in the Chicago program will be enrolled in Advanced Chicago Program Trial Team, in lieu of Advanced Trial Team during the spring semester. Advanced Chicago Program Trial Team students will earn two graded credit hours in the spring, for a total of four graded credit hours during the academic year.

In addition to invitations to compete on the Advanced Trial Team, students may be invited to serve as coaches for the Trial Team students and will be enrolled in a Trial Team Practicum for a total of two credit hours (one per semester).

Sequence and Prerequisites: Trial Team (Law 694), Trial Advocacy (Law 694), Fundamentals of Trial Practice (Law 695), and Evidence (Law 682) are prerequisites.

Evaluation: This course will be graded. Grades will be based on performance on written and oral advocacy assignments, and course participation.

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