Summer 2023 Pre-College Prog: Trial Advocacy PS0218 section 001

Trial Advocacy

Call Number 10432
Day & Time
MTWRF 9:10am-11:00am
607 Hamilton Hall
Day & Time
MTWRF 1:10pm-3:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Points 0
Grading Mode Ungraded
Approvals Required None
Instructor Florina Altshiler
Method of Instruction In-Person
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 program culminates in a mock trial session held at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Manhattan, where students are divided into teams of prosecutors and defense attorneys to present their case, prepared over the course of the program, through jury verdict.

Web Site Vergil
Subterm 07/18-08/04 (L)
Department Pre-College Programs (SHSP)
Enrollment 16 students (24 max) as of 2:06PM Thursday, September 28, 2023
Subject Pre-College Prog: Trial Advocacy
Number PS0218
Section 001
Division Professional Studies & Special Pgrms: Pre-College Programs
Open To Pre-College Programs
Campus Morningside
Section key 20232TRAD0218N001