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Introduction to Trial Advocacy

The faculty consists of sitting judges and active trial lawyers all of who have extensive experience teaching trial practice. In the classroom, students perform problems as trial counsel in small groups with a faculty member in charge of each group. These problems include direct and cross examination of lay and expert witnesses, adverse examinations, introduction of exhibits, impeachment, opening statements, and closing arguments. Each student's performance is critiqued by a faculty member. Faculty will also occasionally give demonstrations of trial skills and brief lectures. Many of the student performance are video taped and then reviewed by the student with a faculty member. In addition, students prepare and try two complete cases--a midterm bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County and a final jury trial in the Federal District Court. Unlike the Fall semester Trial Advocacy (ITA) program, this course has no coordinated co-requisite Evidence and Ethics sections. Evaluation: No final examination. Grade is based on simulation performance. Teaching method: Lecture, discussion and simulation


Catalog Number: LITARB 610
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionLegal Skills DevelopmentProcedure Practice Area


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Introduction to Trial Advocacy
Faculty: Castillo, Ruben (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 36



Spring 2013
Title: Introduction to Trial Advocacy
Faculty: Castillo, Ruben (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 0



Spring 2012
Title: Introduction to Trial Advocacy
Faculty: Castillo, Ruben (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 0



Spring 2011
Title: Introduction to Trial Advocacy
Faculty: Castillo, Ruben (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 35