The University of Cincinnati College of Law offers a general trial practice course every semester, taught by faculty with extensive experience in the courtroom and the classroom. Interdisciplinary insight from communication science, theater, and psychology inform the way we teach trial strategy – how to build a “theory of the case” and shape persuasive narratives through opening and closings statements and witness examination. In addition to thorough grounding in all aspects of trial practice, students receive intensive individual coaching throughout the course.
The fall semester Trial Practice Competition course is designed for trial practice team students, selected through the tryouts the previous spring. This course includes an Ohio fall competition exercise with an eye toward readiness for national competitions in future semesters.
The spring semester course similarly draws upon proven strategies for persuasive trial presentation and provides individual instruction and feedback but does not require participation in an inter-school competition. In some years, the UC College of Law’s trial practice course focuses on criminal defense and prosecution contexts.
UC Law also offers related and advanced courses that teach students how to prepare witnesses, work with experts, and conduct pre-trial discovery.
In 2017, the fall course will be taught by Cincinnati’s Deputy City Solicitor Terrence Nestor, Senior Assistant City Solicitor for Litigation Peter Stackpole, and UC Law Professor of Practice Marjorie Aaron.