Advocacy has always been considered an art for which one's
talents can improve over the course of one's practice.
However, it is possible to quickly improve or perfect one's abilities through proper
training using a "learn by doing" approach in a class setting. This basic trial
advocacy course will give participants the opportunity to learn new skills, perfect
techniques they may already be using, and evaluate their own progress.
- Participants will receive an easy to read case file which will include legal proceedings,
résumés of discovery testimony, relevant exhibits, expert reports,
- Topics covered will include: Direct examination, cross-examination, and rehabilitation
of the witness on re-examination - rules to follow
- Participants will need to develop their case theory (in preparation for the course)
- Use of exhibits in the course of trial : why, when and how
- Use of prior inconsistent statements
- Participants will each be assigned to play the role of counsel for plaintiffs or
defendants and will also assume the roles of the parties for whom they are acting
and provide testimony, thereby allowing each participant to understand what it is
to be a witness and to "feel" the differences which questioning techniques can allow.
- Each performance will be recorded allowing each participant to analyze his or her
own performance with the guidance of the instructor.
- Feedback is provided tactfully and respectfully on each performance, taking into
account the participant's level of experience and expertise. Participants will be
required to wear their gowns.
Advocacy skills workshops - Basic program: preparation, techniques and simulation (3 days) >>
- Courses are available in English and French
- Course materials must be read prior to class and there is work which will be required
at home between day 1 and day 2 of the program
- Schedule of activities will be provided in advance with course materials
- Continental style breakfast, 2 health breaks and lunch are included
(plus applicable taxes)
This course is offered
or in french
All of our courses are given at4, Notre-Dame Street East, 2nd floor, Montreal (Québec) H2Y 1B7
Just steps from the courthouse!