What is 1st STEP?
This selective and innovative 10-week summer program offers a series of integrated evidence, trial advocacy, and motions courses specifically designed to improve your litigation and presentation skills. The program includes three uniquely designed Litigation Center courses, Evidence in the Courtroom, Presentation and Persuasion, and a new Brief Writing and Motions Advocacy course.
The specialized litigation training program offers 11-units during the summer session, giving students greater freedom and a competitive advantage to participate in full-time employment, GGU’s National Trial Team, moot court competitions, GGU’s on-site clinics, externship and internship programs during the upcoming fall semester.
What Our Students Are Saying
1st Step gives you the tools to forge a legal path towards becoming a litigator right after your first year. The interconnected classes and mock trial settings allow the student to unlock the strengths and weaknesses in a case and provide opportunities for advocacy development. The skills you acquire will help you in the courtroom and the classroom and will give you a boost when seeking viable internships.
The STEP program is intense, but well worth it. It was the most informative, foundational and beneficial experience of my law school career thus far. I feel confident in my trial skills and would not trade the experience for anything.
I could not have asked for a better experience than the STEP program. I was nervous about how a litigation program would translate online. However, Professor Brockl and her team's preparation made me feel like I was in an actual classroom. Before STEP, I would have never believed that I could complete an entire trial. This program has given me the confidence and skill necessary to litigate effectively in the courtroom.
- Learn from a cadre of seasoned trial lawyers
- Receive support from program alum
- On your feet on day one
- Try an entire case after only one week
- Integrate the rules of evidence at trial as you learn them
- Learn how to break down a case file and work up a case theory and succinct theme
- Begin crafting your advocacy personality
- Learn how to construct effective witness examinations
- Develop tools for dealing with difficult witnesses
- Guest lectures from top Bay Area trial lawyers