LL.M. Trial Advocacy Curriculum Overview
Case theory lies at the heart of trial advocacy. Boot Camp offers students a series of seminars and performances designed to deepen theoretical knowledge. By the end of Boot Camp students will have learned to prepare the witness, deliver convincing direct examinations, effectively cross-examine, raise and overcome evidentiary objections, and select strong facts to persuasively present to judge and jury.
Each student tries a variety of civil and criminal cases throughout the year in bench and jury trial formats. LL.M. course offerings culminate in a series of spring semester trials. Students apply their knowledge of foundation curricula: litigation strategy, motions, depositions, expert testimony, jury dynamics, and courtroom technology to present compelling arguments to judges and jurors. Experienced litigators and respected judges preside over the trials, providing individual critiques with each performance. Valuable feedback is also provided by jurors. Students perfect their craft by viewing their own video-recorded performances and trials. The completion of written self critiques allows students to self correct and fine-tune their personal styles and advocacy skills.