Practical Skills Students Will Learn

  • Preparation for a trial and the procedures involved in conducting a trial.
  • How a law library is organized, how references are arranged and how to secure basic information.
  • Points of objection: what they mean and how to deal with them.
  • How to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case, including how to stress the stronger points and to minimize or avoid the weaker ones.
  • Oral advocacy and debate.
  • The importance of careful preparation.

Objectives for Participating Students

  • Learning about the judicial processes of the State of Michigan through experience and practice.
  • Experiencing the citizenship roles of attorneys, witnesses, and interested parties.
  • Understanding and appreciating some of the problems of achieving justice with due process of law.
  • Developing an understanding of the law and appreciating the obligations of those responsible for enforcing and interpreting the law.
  • Understanding the obligations of a witness and other roles that citizens fill in our system of justice.
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