Temple Trains Trial Lawyers

LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Boot Camp Curriculum

The LL.M. in Trial Advocacy kicks off in the summer session with an intensive two-part “Boot Camp.” As the program title suggests, we believe a critical front-end indoctrination into courtroom skills allows students to successfully navigate the future rigors of the program. Boot Camp exposes students to Temple Law’s core philosophy of teaching: Translating theory to courtroom performance.

Case theory lies at the heart of trial advocacy, and the initial Boot Camp program offers students a series of seminars and workshops designed to deepen theoretical knowledge and refine its conversion to improved trial skills. By the end of their Boot Camp experience students will have learned to: prepare a witness, present convincing direct examinations, and effectively cross-examine the opposition; perform an intense review of evidence law and refine their ability to raise and overcome objections; and select the strongest facts from their case and persuasively communicate them to the jury.

Boot Camp Components

Art of Advocacy

Students learn to prepare a witness, present convincing direct examinations, and effectively cross-examine the opposition. Through a series of simulated cases, students develop sophisticated questioning skills under the direct supervision of our esteemed faculty. The Art of Advocacy component includes group sessions, individual performance, and faculty demonstrations to further develop winning trial techniques.

Evidence for Trial Lawyers

In this segment, students quickly learn the powerful simplicity of evidence: the only persuasive evidence is that which the jury hears. Students perform an intense review of evidence law and refine their ability to raise and overcome objections. Planned and taught by Edward D. Ohlbaum, Director of Trial Advocacy and nationally renowned authority in the field, the curriculum translates classroom lectures into practical exercises, where the rules of evidence turn from impediment to advantage.

Speech Making & Persuasive Writing

Students learn to select the strongest facts from their case and persuasively communicate them to the jury. This component, designed by Herbert F. Kolsby of Kolsby, Gordon, Robin & Shore and Director Emeritus of the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, concentrates on opening statements and closing arguments. This component emphasizes effective liability summation and damage presentation. Employing a unique inter-disciplinary approach, renowned faculty litigators and speech experts combine years of courtroom experience with empirical research on juror attitudes and psychology. Students gain valuable insights to their nonverbal communication while also perfecting oratory courtroom skills.