... thinks creatively, with mastery of the facts
... communicates persuasively and clearly
... presents with confidence, poise and flexibility
... has command of the law and rules of evidence
... and, above all else ...
... is courteous, professional and ethical.
Top 20 Law School in Practical Training
Ranked #12 by National Jurist Magazine (March 2015)
Ranked #19 by National Jurist Magazine (March 2014)
Wes R. Porter
Director, Associate Professor of Law
Professor Porter directs our Litigation Center and teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, Evidence in the Courtroom, Trial Advocacy, Mock Trial and White Collar Crime. He also created and directs the Summer Trial & Evidence Program (1st STEP) and designed our In Vino GGU-BLS Criminal Mock Trial Competition.
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Golden Gate University School of Law
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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The Litigation Center presents 1st STEP (Summer Trial and Evidence Program), an integrated summer litigation curriculum for students who recently completed their first year of law school. We developed 1st STEP to cater to those law students who want to be trained as trial attorneys and litigators as early as possible in their legal studies.
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In our innovative 8-week, summer program, students take integrated courses specifically designed to improve their litigation and advocacy skills including Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Evidence in the Courtroom and presentation and acting techniques from a theater instructor.
Mock trial competition is an excellent litigation training tool for our advocates and GGU has a strong tradition of excellence and success in competition.
We typically compete in several regional and national competitions each semester in different substantive areas of the law. We also conduct "mock trial collaborations" and intra-school competitions.
Bernard “Bernie” L. Segal Founder – In Loving Memory (1929-2011)
A distinguished trial lawyer who was nationally renowned as a master teacher in trial advocacy programs for lawyers, Professor Segal directed the Law School’s mock trial competition programs and has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs, Tel Aviv University, and at Holborn College of Law in London. Professor Segal served as counsel for Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the famous Green Beret murder case that was the subject of the book and movie “Fatal Vision.”
“Bernie,” as he was known to his friends, students, and colleagues, passed away in July 2011 at the age of 81, having served Golden Gate University School of Law and the Litigation Center for nearly forty years. Obituaries and Tributes
In Bernie's honor and memory, we host a national mock trial competition in the Fall - the GGU-BLS Criminal Mock Trial Competition: In Vino Veritas and an intra-school advocacy competition for 1L students each Spring - the Bernie Cross 'n Close Competition.