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Winter 2024 Course

Advocacy: The Courtroom and Beyond

Note: This course is restricted to first-year J.D. students only.

The drop deadline for 1L January Experiential Term (JET) classes is December 1, 2023. Students may not drop a course if they do not have an offer to enroll in a different JET course.

1L JET courses are intensive learning courses. Class attendance is required in each course every day of the term. Students should plan accordingly and should not take on other work commitments during the term.

Exam Type: No Exam

Taught by practicing attorneys, this course allows students to develop their oral, written, and strategic advocacy skills. Through interactive exercises, case studies, and team-based work, the course introduces students to ways to advance a client’s interest in a variety of different contexts, including in impact litigation, in the private sector, in the criminal law context, and in the public eye.

Working with their teams, students will:

  • Learn advocacy strategies
  • Analyze amicus briefs and other written advocacy
  • Practice negotiating
  • Develop oral presentations
  • Draft a letter to the editor and an op-ed in support of their advocacy efforts

Assignments for the course include both individual and team-based work.  Although class time ends by noon each day, students should be available to meet with their teams in the afternoon to complete team-based assignments.  In lieu of a final exam, student teams will research, draft, and present an advocacy plan on a topic of their choice.