The Catholic University of America

Trial Skills

Simulation Courses 

Credits -3
fall or spring semesters
prerequisites: Evidence Barger, Gill, Satterfield

Trial Skills: A Criminal Case has the same content as Trial Practice with two exceptions: (1) the course covers the role of the advocate in the trial process of a criminal case; and (2) there is no mock jury trial at the end of the semester. Enrollment is limited to sixteen students. In case of over-enrollment, preference will be given to students who have not taken another Trial Practice or Trial Skills course.

This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Trial Skills: A Medical Malpractice Case is a semester-long limited enrollment course on how to try a complicated medical malpractice case in the courtroom. The course deals with

various aspects of civil litigation, including discovery, but emphasizes trial tactics and skills. The course includes tactical and ethical problems that lawyers confront in civil cases. Student presentations at mock trials are videotaped for review and critique. Videotapes on cross-examination and acting are utilized and the course contains brief lectures on the substantive law of medical malpractice.

The course does not end with a mock jury trial. In case of over enrollment, preference will be given to students who have not taken another Trial Practice or Trial Skills course. Grading is pass/fail.