TRIAL PRACTICE III – THE INSTRUCTORS PRACTICUM
Taught by Denver District Judge John Madden
- AN OVERVIEW OF THIS COURSE
- The course is designed to help law school students apply critical thinking and communication skills that will be required of them in their professional practice, all-the-while helping grow our next generation of critical thinkers
- The course proved to be a “Win-Win-Win”. It’s a “win” for…
- The Mentors – because teaching a subject is the best way to learn it (“Teach it once, learn it twice”). Mentors teach trial strategies, evidence, case analysis, client counseling, and more.
- The Law School – because it promotes our mission of community involvement.
- The Students – because it more fully develops the mock trial skills of DU’s undergraduate students - critical thinking, professional writing, oral advocacy, teamwork.
2. ACCREDITING & GRADING
- The Practicum is a 2-semester course, although Instructors can elect not to take it for both semesters. Instructors earn 3 credits per semester (6 total)
- Both semesters are graded, and grades are based on: Weekly Journals (250 to 500 words); In-class participation; Field Work (with the undergraduates); Final Trials each semester
3. HOW IT WORKS & THE TEACHING PHILOSOPSHY OF THE COURSE – “Teach, Model, Present”
- The Professors teach it. The Mentors model it. The Students present it.
- The class meets once a week (Tues evenings) for the Instructors to refine their Trial Advocacy Skills. This is a Trial Practice III course. Instructors challenge each other at a high level.
- Instructors always have their lesson plans prior to going to the school.
- Instructors then have 2.5 hours of “Field Work”.
4. THE APPLICATION PROCESS
- APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED IN APRIL FOR THE FALL SEMESTER
AND IN NOVEMBER FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER
- Both 2L’s and 3L’s can participate in the course
- The number of Instructors selected is uncapped. It’s dictated by the number of qualified applicants.
- Selection into the course is by “Professor Approval.” Complete the Questionnaire on The Advocacy Department website and submit it to Professor Schott.
- Interviews occur after Questionnaire submission. If accepted, the Professors complete registration.
- Completion of Evidence or Trial Practice I is not required to apply, however exposure to trial advocacy is highly recommended (CU/DU Cup, STLA, etc.), and applicants are required to take Trial Practice I in the summer before the course or concurrently during the fall.
- The Instructors Practicum seeks law school students with a penchant for teaching.