Designed specifically for attorneys who have no trial experience, this course provides introductory trial advocacy instruction, emphasizing participant mock trial performance and constructive feedback. Participants receive instruction on trial skills and perform several phases of a jury trial. Participants learn how to mark exhibits, lay evidentiary foundations, deliver opening statements, conduct witness direct and cross-exam, and deliver closing arguments. This 3-week course is taught 4 times a year, in January, March, May, and September. Tuesday/Thursday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Introductory TAP provides introductory instruction on trial advocacy.
- Participants learn, develop, and apply trial advocacy skills directly applicable to civil litigation, criminal prosecution, employment matters, criminal defense, and administrative hearings.
- Participants receive instruction on, and perform, several key phases of a jury trial, including marking exhibits, laying evidentiary foundations, delivering opening statements, conducting direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and delivering closing arguments.
- Participants try a mock trial.
- Introductory TAP constitutes 16.5 hours of MCLE credit and 1 hour of ethics (ethics in opening statements, witness examination & closing arguments).
There are no prerequisites or interviews for course admission. Successful completion of this class meets the prerequisites for admission to our 5-week Traditional TAP course, taught annually in the Fall. Due to the performance aspect of this course, each session is limited to 14 people per class.
For questions on Introductory TAP (i-TAP), please contact the TAP administrator at TAP@lacba.org.
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