Trial Practicum: law through the lens of the courtroom
Drake is the only American law school where all first-year classes shift to a campus courtroom for a week, enabling students to view an actual state or federal trial as if in an educational laboratory.
The trial practicum dissects every phase of a trial, from jury selection to jury verdict, incorporating small group discussions, lectures, practice panels and debriefings with attorneys, judge and jurors. This event is possible only with the active cooperation of the judiciary, law enforcement, and the bar.
A traditional event experienced in a revolutionary way, Trial Practicum is the most obvious example of Drake's holistic approach to legal education. The Trial Practicum introduces the law to students in a way that no textbook can ever quite capture. Most importantly, Trial Practicum models the values of civility, professionalism and public service essential to the legal system.
The tentative trial schedule
, summary of background
, and summary of the law
are all available for review.
Learn more about the Trial Practicum
taking place January 30, 2012 - February 3, 2012.