Trial advocacy is the branch of knowledge concerned with making attorneys and other advocates more effective in trial proceedings. The skills of trial advocacy can be broken into two categories: 1) skills that accomplish individual tasks such as selecting jurors, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, and examining witnesses, and 2) those skills that integrate the individual actions to achieve greater effects and to drive unfolding events toward the advocate’s desired outcome.
This guide is intended to assist students familiarize themselves with trial advocacy rules and skills, and provide a reference point for contemporary developments in the field of trial advocacy.
The reference department would like to thank Blake Burgher for creating this guide. It is updated by the reference librarians.