The application process is now closed for the 2017 Spring Break Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute).
Background information about the Institute: The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work. The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial. At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by District of Columbia Superior Court judges. The Institute is designed to support law students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups, students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or students from law schools that lack criminal defense and trial advocacy training opportunities. The Institute will be held March 6 - March 10, 2017.