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.
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
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.