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In the first year of the class, new students will focus on basic aspects of trial practice and strategy in order to be prepared to participate as members of the competitive mock trial team in the Spring. Depending on availability and space, students successfully completing the Fall class will be assigned to various roles on the mock trial teams. Students will not be guaranteed specific roles or competitions, but can be assigned various roles including trial lawyer, witness or associate trial lawyer. Preference will be given based upon performance in the Fall class, spots available, competitive strategy and need.
In the second year of the class, returning students may be assigned to mock trial teams for Fall competitions. If so, the focus of their work in the Fall semester will relate specifically to those competitions. Additionally, returning students will engage in more advanced class problems and will be expected to take on mentoring responsibilities for the newer team members. Students are eligible for one moot court activity credit for competition-related work during the semester that they are competing. This activity credit is separate from the two academic credits designated for this course and is subject to the overall cap on activities for credit.
Inclusion and assignment on the mock trial teams depends upon the number of teams accepted by the various competitions around the country. As such the number of positions available is beyond the control of the professors and as such positions and assignments on the team cannot be guaranteed, but only students successfully completing the first year of the course can participate.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (ungraded) course
Students will be evaluated on in-class performance, presentations of examinations and statements, and quizzes on the practical application of the Rules of Evidence.