The goal of the St. Mary’s advocacy program is to prepare students to be effective advocates in courtroom settings. Classes focus on litigation skills that enable students to speak persuasively and build credibility with the court and jury. When students decide to come to St. Mary’s, they know they will have many opportunities to excel in advocacy.
Trial Advocacy classes are designed to give students an introduction to specific trial advocacy techniques such as voir dire examination of jury panels, opening statements, and direct examination of witnesses. The techniques are demonstrated by instructors and students are given opportunities to perform, and receive instruction concerning, exercises in many aspects of civil and criminal cases.
Current St. Mary’s University School of Law students may access instructional webcast catalog materials for the Trial Advocacy course by clicking on the following links (login id and password required):
- State vs. Moss – Pretrial
- State vs. Moss – Opening Statement – Prosecution
- State vs. Moss – Opening Statement – Defense
- State vs. Moss – Prosecution Case
- State vs. Moss – Defense Case
- State vs. Moss – Closing Argument – Prosecution
- State vs. Moss – Closing Argument – Defense
- State vs. Moss – Rebuttal Prosecution
- Introducing a Document
- Using a Smartboard
Advanced Trial Advocacy
The advanced course builds upon Trial Advocacy and introduces students to additional techniques for presenting cases before a court using technology. This course addresses both the details of utilizing technology in the courtoom, as well as a strategic and evidentiary concerns surrounding the use of technology. Students are given extensive exposure to the latest advances in St. Mary’s new high-tech courtroom.
Current St. Mary’s University School of Law students may access instructional Courtroom technology Video and PDF quick reference guide materials for the Trial Advocacy course by clicking on the following link: Intro to How to Use Courtroom Technology