The Fall Litigation Institute is a hands-on, crash course in trial skills open to all second- and third-year law students. Initially designed as a small short course for 20-30 students working with five or six instructors, the Fall Litigation Institute has become one of the most popular events hosted by the Advocacy Program and now includes over 160 student participants and twelve instructors.
Students of all experience levels are encouraged to attend as this program offers an excellent opportunity to learn new skills or hone existing ones. Students work directly with UT Law's interscholastic mock trial coaches and instructors and will learn everything they need to know to successfully compete in a mock trial competition. Even students not interested in competing, but currently enrolled in advocacy courses, will find this program a useful complement to their coursework.
September 7th: Opening Statements - Capturing your Audience through Storytelling
September 14th: Closing Statements - Sealing the Deal with Passionate Persuasion
September 21st: Direct Examinations - Getting it Right and Getting it in the Record
September 28th: Cross-Examinations - Credibility in the Courtroom
October 5th: Make-up Day -- Sessions 1-4 repeated
The sessions run from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Lunch is provided from 12:30-1:00, the group lecture/demonstration is from 1:00-1:15, and small group work runs from 1:15-3:00.
Information regarding registration for the Fall Litigation Institute is distributed via Advocacy Law Mail. Contact Cheryl Brandt for additional information about the Fall Litigation Institute and other advocacy programs.