So much more than learning by doing
Golden Gate University School of Law and its Litigation Center present 1st STEP (Summer Trial and Evidence Program), an integrated summer litigation curriculum for students who recently completed their first year of law school. 1st STEP was developed to cater to those law students who want to be trained as trial attorneys and litigators as early as possible in their legal studies. Students take integrated courses specifically designed to improve their litigation and advocacy skills.
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Students will begin with an intense, full-time week of trial advocacy topics. Faculty and practitioners will lecture, demonstrate, and lead advocacy, persuasion and presentation workshops. With a strong foundation, students will then spend seven weeks immersed in Evidence and focused trial advocacy training, tethering their knowledge and application of the rules of evidence. The program consists of three classes, Trial Evidence and Advocacy (5 units) and Evidence (4 units), and a brand new Motions Writing Class (2 units) for a total of 11 units.
During the 1st week of the program, students will be introduced to the key advocacy and presentation skills that will set them apart during law school, in mock trial competition, and in practice. Following four days of hands-on training from 9 am to 5 pm in jury addresses, witness examinations, trial strategy and overall case preparation, students will conduct a FULL LENGTH TRIAL in front of GGU professors, visiting faculty, and other 1st STEP alumni.
During the seven weeks of the summer session, students will master the principles and arguments under the rules of evidence intensively, and with greater retention to integrate them seamlessly into practice. This full, 4-credit evidence course is taught by experienced trial attorneys.
Trial lawyers invariably claim that they truly learned evidence by understanding how evidence comes to life through litigation and trial. In 1st STEP, students continuously apply and exercise the rules and concepts taught in their evidence course – while learning evidence.
LITIGATION Skills and Values Early
The earlier a student learns fundamental trial skills in their legal education the better. The Litigation Center at GGU believes that law students are more receptive to advocacy, persuasion and presentation training earlier in their law school career, and offer that education earlier than most law schools. We also believe that the doctrinal course of evidence is learned best when tethered to its practical application in the courtroom and in litigation. Take the 1st STEP towards a successful career in litigation at GGU!
WHY TAKE THE 1ST STEP?
“This was the best experience I have had in law school to date. For the first time I actually felt like professors were trying to teach me to be a lawyer. The first week was exciting, a little scary, and very informative. It reminded me why I came to law school.”
“Incredibly informative and confidence-inspiring. [It taught me] where I’m at and let me know where I need to get to.”
“I feel re-energized in my legal studies. The immersion week was intense but gave me a great practical base to continue to learn advocacy.”
"Immersion week was a transformative experience, I enjoyed the challenges and embraced the opportunity to learn new ways to improve."
"STEP was exciting and challenging. It was a change of rhythm from regular classes and required us to tap into a different type of skills."
"Immersion Week was probably the most exciting thing that has happened to me throughout law school - I guess for once, I truly enjoyed learning."
"I appreciate honesty so it was great to hear from professors when I did something that wasn't right they told me why and how to correct it. I think all of law school should be taught this way."
Interested in taking the 1st STEP? Reach out to the Litigation Center at GGU for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Summer 2018 application here: