Skills Courses

Students who possess strong professional skills are better equipped for success when they graduate and enter the legal marketplace. At KU Law, students have ample opportunities to gain such experience while satisfying the school's professional skills requirement. Examples include:

  • Advanced Legal Ethics
  • Advanced Litigation
  • Estate Planning: Practice
  • Pretrial Advocacy
  • Contract Drafting

Additionally, KU Law offers three intensive simulation courses that allow students to gain hands-on experience in trial advocacy. Veteran attorneys teach the Deposition Skills, Expert Witness and Jury Selection workshops, providing invaluable guidance and feedback as students practice their skills with peers.

Deposition Skills Workshop
The Deposition Skills Workshop teaches students the art of taking and defending depositions. This professional skills course exposes students to substantive and procedural law, as well as the ethical rules, pertaining to depositions. It provides students a realistic deposition setting in which they will learn to conduct and defend a series of depositions in a simulated environment under the direction of experienced attorneys who serve as the workshop faculty.

Meet the 2014 faculty members.


Expert Witness Workshop
The workshop exposes students to the substantive and procedural law, as well as the ethical rules, pertaining to expert witness testimony. Moreover, it provides a realistic courtroom setting where students will learn to conduct and defend a series of expert witness examinations and cross-examinations in a simulated environment under the direction and guidance of experienced attorneys who will serve as the workshop faculty. Students conduct and defend at least 5 mini expert witness examinations and/or cross-examinations during a 1-credit workshop or 10 in a 2-credit workshop.


Jury Selection Workshop

Jury Selection Workshop
The two-day workshop seeks to take much of the mystery out of selecting a jury which determines the facts of a lawsuit. The course delves into the purposes sought by counsel beyond the ultimate goal of ending up with a fair and impartial jury. It attempts to blend the law and rules governing voir dire with such practical matters as keeping track of answers to questions along with assessing non-verbal cues from potential jurors. Students will also gain experience handling the difficult task of questioning and the chess game of de-selection of those who would appear to be unfavorable.

Course descriptions

Academic Calendar
Dec 19
Exams End
All day
Dec 20
Recess Begins
All day
Dec 22
Exams - first year first session
All day
View events: Upcoming
Questions?

Melanie Wilson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
785-864-0359
mdwilson@ku.edu

Vicki Palmer
Registrar
785-864-9211
vpalmer@ku.edu

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms