This DeCal course provides students with an introduction to trial advocacy as it applies to the American legal system. The course uses the fictitious criminal case released by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) for the 2017-2018 school year to teach students the skills associated with trial proceedings. These skills include developing case theories, opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, closing statements, and how to present a case in court.
The course will be taught by members of the California Mock Trial program and will be supplemented by guest speakers including UC Berkeley professors, and members of the local legal community.
The goal of the course is to allow students to improve their critical thinking, analytical, and presentation skills while learning about the American judicial system. The course will culminate with a mock trial, where students will each be required to serve as a witness or an attorney on either the prosecution or defense side of AMTA’s case problem.
Students are required to complete assignments preparing them to take part in this mock trial throughout the semester.