The Trial Advocacy program at UW Law is grounded in the core skills you need to become a successful litigator while incorporating a modern understanding of psychology and technology. We start with a foundation of traditional trial procedure and then shift to looking inside the mind of the audience. Psychology has increasingly revealed the types of messages audiences will best respond to, and we now know the dominant role that stories and emotion play in winning cases. These inform our teaching approach.
Culture, gender, age, race and social class all play roles in a judge's or jury's decision, as does popular culture. Electronic devices like smartphones have shortened attention spans dramatically, putting an even greater premium on skilled advocacy. The program shows students how to respond and adapt to these factors in developing their advocacy style.
The Trial Advocacy program takes an in-depth look at the practical uses of visual technology in the courtroom, and students will learn the methods of computer generated evidence creation, how to get these admitted into evidence and how to use them with judges and juries. Students will also explore high-impact PowerPoint techniques to gain listeners' interest and enhance persuasive power.
Together, our clinics, litigation and trial advocacy offer students training in a complete range of litigation skills. UW Law aims to help students develop the confidence and skill needed in their career. Students' ability to stand and deliver as an advocate is the ultimate proof of the value of what they have learned here.