Much of the learning in law school takes place in the traditional classroom setting, but
there are aspects to trial work that are best learned in the courtroom.
At Mason's School of Law this takes place in a Trial Advocacy course taught by retired judge Bob Wooldridge,
"A Trial Advocacy course allows students to apply skills they have mastered in the classroom,
such as evidence, procedure, legal writing and oral advocacy, in a practical setting."
Throughout the semester the students work on a particular phase of a trial – such as giving opening statements,
examining witnesses, selecting a jury and making closing arguments. At the end of the semester each student is counsel in a day-long mock trial held at a local courthouse, with citizens from the community serving as jurors and a retired judge presiding.
For many, it’s the culmination of three years of hard work in law school and the beginning of the practice of law that they hope will last a lifetime.