Advanced Advocacy (Killeen/Boutin)

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Course Description

This is a three credit graded course on advanced advocacy. The course will build upon the fundamentals learned in Introduction to Advocacy. The emphasis will be on jury work, which will help the students to develop improved communication skills. Students will be required to make a presentation on advocacy and will routinely be called upon to do workshop exercises based on the instruction received. The course is based upon “learning by doing”.

The course will combine three distinct learning features:

  • Advanced research – the course will cover selected topics in evidence, procedure, and process. It is intended to build upon the second year foundation courses in evidence, pre-trial process, and advocacy, as well as the first term course in criminal procedure.
  • Advanced advocacy training- instruction will be given on fundamental principles of presentation/communication to a variety of audiences. Specialized topics will include: the examination of experts, examination of children and presenting before a jury.
  • Skill development- students will routinely be called upon to do workshop exercises based upon the advocacy training discussed above

Limited to 12 students.

Teaching Method

The course will be taught in one 3 hour session, although there will be a need for timetabling flexibility During the first part of the course students will receive instruction on various advocacy topics and then the students will be called upon to do simulations. The course will emphasize learning by doing and students can expect to do a series of simulations. During the latter part of the course the class sessions will be devoted to student presentations. Three to four presentations per 3 hour session. By the end of the course students will have 10 or so papers on specific advocacy topics. It is intended that the course be very much a molding of the academic with the practical.


The course will be graded and based on the following components. The weighing of each is yet to be decided. 1) Seminar presentation 2) Workshop exercises 3) Class participation