A student practices for the Grand Damages Argument Competition, which helps students hone their courtroom skills.

Trial Advocacy

Tom Mauet is quite simply the most accomplished and knowledgeable teacher of trial advocacy and evidence anywhere. His texts, workbooks and teaching techniques are used around the world. The trial advocacy program Tom has built at the University of Arizona  College of Law is quite simply the gold standard for teaching trial practice.

- Ted Schmidt, Managing Partner Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi, JD Class of 1977

For most people outside the world of law, trial advocacy is courtroom drama in which lawyers present clashing case theories, question witnesses, trade legal arguments and objections, disclose or withhold facts, exploit their opponents’ weaknesses, and play the emotions of a jury like strings on a violin.
In fact, all of these are elements of Arizona Law’s Trial Advocacy Program, which teaches students procedural, evidentiary and ethical requirements, techniques of persuasion, and specific skills — from jury selection and opening statements, through direct examination, presenting exhibits, cross-examinations, and closing arguments.

Arizona Law offers one of the nation’s strongest trial advocacy programs, developed and directed by iconic Professor Thomas A. Mauet, an experienced trial lawyer and leading authority on trial law and author of the seminal texts in the field.

Professor Mauet is considered a pioneer in the field of teaching trial skills, deconstructing the trial process, and training ethical and highly-skilled advocates.

In our Trial Advocacy Program, students learn by experience, acting as trial counsel to practice specific courtroom skills as well as overall case development, prosecution, and defense in civil and criminal trial cases presided over by guest judges.

Trial advocacy faculty -- distinguished practitioners themselves -- review, critique and often videotape students for more thorough analysis and skill refinement.