NOTE: Course information changes frequently, including Methods of Instruction. Please revisit these pages periodically for the most recent and up-to-date course information.
Summer 2021 Summ High School Prog: Trial Advocacy PS0218 section D01
|Day & Time
|Day & Time
|Method of Instruction||On-Line Only|
|Course Description||Designed for students with a strong interest in law, oral argument, and mock trial, this course immerses participants in the adversarial world of the trial court.|
Following an introduction to the United States legal system, students acquire a solid understanding of the trial process, including jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses and experts, introduction of exhibits, closing arguments, and theory building. Students have the opportunity to observe court proceedings; meet with judges, local law enforcement, and defense counsel; and hear from experts in the field.
Participants learn to validate and analyze evidence while working in teams of prosecutors and defense attorneys to develop a trial strategy, argue to preclude evidence, and prepare witnesses for trial testimony.
The course pays particular attention to the Federal Rules of Evidence (with distinctions made for New York state-specific rules) that govern the introduction of evidence at trial. The rules of conduct that govern the U.S. trial system are explored, as are the various strategies of trial practice.
Students attend lectures and demonstrations and are afforded the opportunity to practice the skills learned through daily classroom exercises. Participants should be prepared to orally argue their positions and will be called upon to make presentations frequently. At the heart of the program are daily exercises, designed to hone students' trial skills, that are rooted in a hypothetical legal case.
The course culminates with participants, divided into teams of prosecutors and defense attorneys, presenting their final cases before a jury.
|Department||Summer High School Program|
|Enrollment||17 students (24 max) as of 8:04AM Tuesday, November 30, 2021|
|Subject||Summ High School Prog: Trial Advocacy|
|Division||Professional Studies & Special Pgrms: Summer High School Program|
|Open To||High School Program|
Home About This Directory Online Bulletins ColumbiaWeb SSOL