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Program Cost and Description

Summer Trial Institute is a two week, 3 credit course from an ABA accredited Law School. 

Dates: May 24 - June 5, 2019

Location: University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA)

Seat Deposit: A non-refundable $500 seat deposit is due at time of registration. The seat deposit will be applied to the program fee at the start of the course.

Program Fee: $2,500 (Covers Housing and Meals)

The remaining $2,000 of the program fee (less the seat deposit) is due at the start of the course.

Tuition: Wyoming In-state tuition rate: $1,392 (for 3 credits)

    Wyoming Out-of-state tuition rate: $2,970 (for 3 credits)

Tuition will be charged to your student account and will be due at the start of the course. 

Travel: Travel is not included in the program and must be arranged by each individual student. 

Housing: Accommodations will provided by the UAA dorms and will include an accompanying meal plan through the UAA Cafeteria.

Prerequisites: Evidence (unless waived by instructor under special circumstances).

Recommended Courses: Professional Responsibility strongly suggested.

Course Overview: Intense two-week “boot camp” version of Trial Practice that will require more than full-time attention (i.e., at least ten hours per day).

Course Materials: Thomas A. Mauet, Trial Techniques and Trials (10th ed. 2017) ISBN: 978-1454886532 [Note: It is STRONGLY recommended that students read the entirety of Trials during the summer, before the Institute.] Thomas A. Mauet, Warren D. Wolfson & Stephen D. Easton, Materials in Trial Advocacy (9th ed. 2019) ISBN: 978-1543805185

Course Format: Lectures and demonstrations by faculty members. Simulated exercises and drills featuring portions of trials (e.g., voir dire, opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument). Jury instruction exercise. In the second week of Institute, each student will try a non-jury trial and (usually as a member of a two-student team) a jury trial.

Written Assignments: Jury instruction exercise. Motions and briefs in some exercises. Outlines submitted in advance of in-court exercises. Trial notebooks.

Type of Exam: No final exam per se. [Jury instruction exercise graded anonymously. Other assignments cannot be graded anonymously.]

Basis for Grading Student Performance: Students will be evaluated and graded on their performance in trial-related exercises in class, on their motions and briefs, and on a jury instruction exercise. All instructors will use the same grading scale.

Other Comments: Experienced trial attorneys from Alaska (plus a few from elsewhere) will be the primary faculty for the Summer Trial Institute. The Institute is presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the UW College of Law.

Following in-court exercises, students will be critiqued by fellow students and faculty members.

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