preLaw Magazine names Dickinson Law a top trial advocacy program
Dickinson Law’s trial advocacy program was one of three programs nationally to earn an ‘A’ in the winter 2017 issue of preLaw Magazine and was featured in the article “Trial advocacy curricular leaders.”
According to preLaw Magazine, “Trial advocacy skills can put newly minted attorneys ahead of the curve when they enter the workforce, be it at a firm or as a public defender. While other concentration areas focus on casebooks and briefs, trial advocacy hinges as much on the art of persuasion and presentation as it does on knowledge of the law. It takes a strong, confident speaker to connect with people in court and persuade jurors to reach the desired outcome.”
Trial advocacy skills are in high demand and opportunities to cultivate and master these skills are a key component of Dickinson Law's profession-ready curriculum. Hands-on opportunities to help law students hone their trial advocacy skills are offered as early as the first semester of law school, including the bi-annual Medical-Legal Colloquium. In collaboration with pediatric medicine residents from nearby Penn State Children’s Hospital, first-, second- and third-year law students can be active participants in the courtroom while presenting an abbreviated civil trial centered on the issues of proving and defending against claims of medical negligence.
“The legal profession, like many other professions, is enhanced when different skillsets work together in a multidisciplinary fashion to solve problems,” said Marc Wagner, first-year law student. “The Colloquium allowed me to gain courtroom experience as well as work with not only other law students, but also medical residents who bring a different perspective and way of thinking about the intersection of health care and law.”
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