This is a graded three credit hour course that builds on the fundamentals taught in Introduction to Advocacy - with a focus on strategic theory development, and refining of trial skills. The course is intended to help you learn how to conduct a trial of a criminal case, although the skills taught are applicable to civil cases as well. The exercises are based upon case files, which include statements, exhibits, forensic reports, investigative notes and wiretap evidence. Those problems are designed for a jury trial, but the skills are necessary for any legal audience. This course will combine three distinct learning features:
- Case Presentation – we will discuss how to approach a case and prepare for hearing. 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. The focus of the course will be on jury advocacy, but the skills learned will apply to all advocacy.
- Advanced Skill development – students will be called upon to do workshop exercises based upon the advocacy training discussed above.
The course will be taught at the Law Courts Building in Winnipeg so that students can experience what it is like to conduct a case in an actual courtroom. The course will run from six p.m. until nine p.m. on Thursdays. The first class will be in January, 2023. On some occasions, an instructor or guest lecturer may not be able to be present in person. Please bring your computers so that we can accommodate virtual appearances.
We will deliver part of the course by brief introductory lectures or demonstrations. These lectures will focus on advocacy theory and procedure, and will be coupled with practical application. The goal will be to familiarize you with strategic theory-based advocacy, so that students can gain a better understanding of what it is like to be counsel on a trial.
Limited to 12 students.