Summer Programs You Should Attend to Sharpen Your Skills

With exams about to begin, thoughts of those lazy days of summer get brighter. But summer is no time to put your skill-development on the back-burner, especially if thoughts of next year’s competition season are also on your mind. Tryouts for the remaining fall competitions will take place August 29th and 30th. The Center is also planning summer programs that you should attend if you want to keep yourself in shape for the next round of tryouts.

From July 18th to July 20th, in the evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the Center will conduct its Introduction to Trial Advocacy workshop. The workshop is taught by Adjunct Professor Lance Northcutt who also coaches mock trial competition teams. The workshop is designed to introduce students to the key concepts of Trial Advocacy, with a focus on trial preparation. Students receive a fact pattern and began to prepare a trial during the week long program. Students are presented with the best techniques in developing opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, objections, and closing arguments. Even if you don’t plan on trying out for a team, this program is a great way to get a headstart if you have registered to take Trial Advocacy in the Fall.

From August 15th to the 19th, also during the evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, is the annual Evidence Boot Camp. Anyone who has taken this wokshop before agrees that this is one of the best programs to attend, whether it is to get your first taste of Evidence or to brush up on skills. Evidence can be an extremely difficult subject to get a grip on – especially without courtroom application. This workshop is also taught by Adjunct Professor Lance Northcutt. His approach is to teach Evidence through the Federal Rules and practice problems. The focus is on especially difficult areas of Evidence such as hearsay and relevance. This program is open to any and all students who wish to learn more about this area of the law.

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