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The School of the Appeal (3 semester/5 quarter hours):

The School of the Appeal focuses on the art and craft of both oral and written appellate advocacy. Students will receive classroom instruction on both written and oral appellate advocacy. Classroom instruction will be followed by joint student/faculty planning and outlining sessions and will culminate in the drafting and critiquing of written appellate arguments as well as the presentation and critique of oral appellate arguments. Like the School of the Trial, the School of the Appeal will have a strong comparative element and will use the setting of the program as a living and striking reminder of the power of the spoken word.

The School of the Appeal will share an instructional component with the School of the Trial - Professionalism and Civility Lectures. These lectures will discuss professional and ethical challenges faced by trial and appellate advocates. The School of the Appeal is also designed to place the role of the appellate lawyer in the context of the long and shared history and traditions of the British and American legal systems. Consequently, the School of the Appeal, like the School of the Trial, will include lectures and corresponding field trips focused on the development of democracy, the jury trial, and the right to appeal.

The School of the Trial (3 semester/5 quarter hours):

The School of the Trial focuses on the art of trial advocacy. Students will be provided with classroom instruction and small group discussion opportunities on all facets, from jury selection to closing argument,of being ethical, persuasive trial advocates. Classroom instruction will be followed by joint faculty/student planning sessions and will culminate in trial advocacy exercises that include faculty feedback and critique. The course will have a strong comparative element, bringing to bear the best trial advocacy theories and techniques employed in the United States and the United Kingdom. Storytelling as a method of persuasion will be a central theme of the School of the Trial and the history, architecture, and idyllic setting of St Andrews will be used as both a striking setting for storytelling exercises and as a compelling example of the power of the spoken word (e.g., the Cathedral of St Andrews, which still stands as a ruin, was pillaged following an anti-Catholic sermon during the Reformation).

The School of the Trial will share an instructional component with the School of the Appeal - Professional and Civility Lectures. These lectures will discuss professional and ethical challenges faced by trial and appellate advocates and to get practical advice regarding the advocacy exercises in an intimate, informal small group setting. The School of the Trial is also designed to place the role of the trial lawyer in the context of the long and shared history and traditions of the British and American legal systems. Consequently, the School of the Trial will include lectures and corresponding field trips focused on the development of democracy, the jury trial, and the right to appeal.

The Advanced School of the Trial(3 Semester/5 Quarter Hours):

The Advanced School of Trial ("ASOT") was created for experienced mock trial students. The ASOT's objective is to focus on and sharpen advanced trial skills and techniques through several advocacy exercises and trials. With a maximum of only eight (8) students, the ASOT will include intensive personalized training with the top advocacy coaches in the country. In addition, a scholarship is available for students accepted into the ASOT.

The eight slots for the ASOT will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Every applicant for the ASOT will be considered based on the following criteria:

  1. Graduation from the School of Trial in a previous Academy; OR

  2. Have:
    • Recommendation letter from an advocacy coach or professor; AND

    • Demonstrated success in law school mock trial competitions.
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