American College of Trial Lawyers' Advanced Trial Skills Program

This unique class is a master class in trial advocacy that is a joint venture of both law schools in Maryland. This course immerses students deeply in the real world of litigation. The design of the course is based upon step-by-step simulation of a case. Simulations include the following topics: analyzing whether a case is meritorious; conducting discovery and depositions; selecting experts; motions practice; alternative dispute resolution; jury selection; opening statements; examination of witnesses; best utilization of technology; and closing arguments. At each stage, teams of students receive instruction on a topic, prepare for and present simulations; and receive constructive feedback on their performances, as well as valuable opportunities to learn from some of Maryland’s preeminent trials lawyers and judges, all of whom are peer-elected Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (the most selective of all trial lawyer organizations). Prerequisite: First year courses and Evidence. Classes for Spring 2021 will via Zoom from 4:30-6:00 pm, every other Monday starting January 11-April 19. Enrollment will be increased to 14 for Spring 2021. The class is coordinated by the Honorable Frederic Smalkin.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course