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LAW 0558: Introduction to Trial Advocacy
Spring 2024 • Section 27 • CRN 3323

Course Description

Armed with the prerequisite, Evidence, this course introduces the student to the law of trial advocacy. "In a ""learning by doing"" or student performance format," students are taught the basic trial advocacy skills of making and meeting objections, direct and cross examination, introducing and opposing exhibits, impeachment of witnesses, examination of experts, and delivering opening statements and closing arguments. Students are placed in performance sections which are capped at 12 and to watch online a pre-taped weekly lecture or demonstration geared to the weekly assignment. This lecture must be watched prior to the class but on the student's own schedule. Successful completion of ITA meets the advocacy requirement for clinicals.


Day/Time Location
T 7:30-9:30 PM Klein 5B

Additional Time Requirements

Introduction to Trial Advocacy (ITA) is comprised of a one hour lecture per week and a three hour performance (skills) session. This section of Introduction to Trial Advocacy is a performance session, and also requires that students watch the pre-taped lecture online prior to class but on their own schedule. In order to experience a trial setting, every student is also required to serve as a witness in a mock trial - either at the Regional Trial Competition in Center City Philadelphia the weekend of February 2-4, 2024, or in the Temple LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program mock trials - also in Center City - the weekend of February 16-18, 2024.

Course Details

  • Diana Anhalt
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Non-Exam
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Experiential/Professional Skills


Registration Info

Registration Notes

This section is reserved for Evening students only.


You must have completed the following courses before enrolling in this course:

  • LAW 0540 (Evidence)

Equivalent Courses

You may not register for this course if you are enrolled in or have already taken the following:

  • LAW 0460 (Trial Advocacy I )
  • LAW 0461 (Trial Advocacy II)

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