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
- Corporate Transactions: Process and Issues
Additionally, KU Law offers two intensive simulation courses that allow students to gain hands-on experience in trial advocacy. Veteran attorneys teach the Deposition Skills and Expert Witness 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.