Terp Young Scholars

July 8-27, 2018

MLAW Programs

MLAW298M: Mock Trial

Experience the excitement and reward of arguing, and perhaps winning your client's case in court! Mock Trial is designed to introduce students to the key principles of trial advocacy through a “learn by doing” approach to instruction. While classes will include explanatory lectures, the emphasis will be on learning through student exercises and by students observing and analyzing the performances of others. This hands-on course will culminate in two mock trials where students will serve as attorneys and witnesses. 

While no one should expect to leave this class as a polished advocate ready for trial, everyone can expect to leave with a greater understanding of litigation tactics and courtroom performance.  Irrespective of initial skill levels, students will leave this class with greater confidence in public speaking and advocacy. As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to engage members of the legal profession both inside and outside of the classroom. In the last week of the program, students will take a field trip to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where they will be given an introduction to the Legal Profession, attend a Mock Law School Class and take a campus tour.

Should you apply and be admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park, this course will also prepare you to join the national champion UMD Mock Trial team when you enroll.

Click here for course meeting times. Sample Course Syllabus from the previous year available here. Enrollment limit: 25.

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