These courses build confidence to prepare students for the demands of live-client representation.
In simulation courses, students develop lawyering skills in a controlled setting. Much of the work involves hypothetical exercises resembling real case situations. Through seminars, critiques of videotaped role-playing and of presentations before mock judges and juries, and one-on-one review with instructors, students learn and refine specific lawyering skills. For current students, a full list of simulation course offering can be found on the Clinical Programs MyHastings page and in the Course Catalog. A few examples of simulation course offerings include:
- Appellate Advocacy – Research, brief-writing, oral argument, and appellate rules, standards, and practice.
- Negotiation and Mediation – Introduction to the theory, process, and practice of negotiation and mediation.
- Negotiation and Settlement – Communications skills for successful negotiation.
- Trial Advocacy I and II – Discovery techniques, pre-trial court conference, opening statement, direct and cross-examination, impeachment of witnesses, proper handling of documents and exhibits, use of demonstrative evidence, and closing argument, culminating in student participation in simulated trials.