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How to Win a Mock Trial Competitionmocktrialblahblahblah

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:43:19 +0000

I have written in the past about specific subjects within a mock trial, such as closing arguments, cross-examination, hearsay rules, etc. Let’s now take a more holistic look at the subject, and discuss how you tie all that into a victory on the day of the mock trial. Here is what you need to know. […](image)


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Having a Witness Declared a “Hostile Witness” in a Mock TrialmocktrialblahblahblahHostile Witness

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:19:50 +0000

How do you handle a hostile witness in a mock trial? How do you have a judge declare a witness “hostile”? Well, you arrived on my blog because you were searching online. And you probably noticed there is not a lot of materials on the subject online or examples on YouTube. The truth is that […](image)


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How to Write a Mock Trial Opening Statement and Closing ArgumentmocktrialblahblahblahUntitled-1

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:24:10 +0000

Is this you? You don’t know where to start on your opening statement? That is a common feeling for students having to write a mock trial opening statement or closing argument. Suddenly you wish you paid more attention when your parents were watching Law & Order reruns. Well, there is help for you. An attorney […](image)


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Mock Trial Closing Argument Examples, Prosecution and DefensemocktrialblahblahblahPicture 13

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:35:14 +0000

I just found this amazing website with samples of closing arguments for prosecution and defense! (O.k. it’s one of my sites). The attorney goes through a fact pattern on an assault case involving a claim of self-defense, and also a burglary case involving potential mistaken identity and a coerced confession. There will be more examples […](image)


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Tips for a Direct Examination in a Mock Trialmocktrialblahblahblah

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 04:05:55 +0000

Unlike a cross examination which is hard to plan, a direct examination is all about planning. Here are a few suggestions to help your mock trial direct examination go smoothly. 1. Make Sure Your Witness is Prepared A witness needs to know his or her mock trial witness statement inside and out. When you rehearse, […](image)


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Mock Trial Questions Answered Here! What do you need to know?mocktrialblahblahblahmock trial

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 18:21:31 +0000

I am not sure what to write about next. I have covered prosecutor’s opening, defense opening, prosecutor closings, defense closing, leading questions, cross exams for lawyers and witnesses, general tips for witnesses, and dealing with forgetful witnesses, and hearsay, etc. I need the readers to give me some feedback in terms of what other questions […](image)


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Mock Trial Closing Arguments for the Defense Attorneymocktrialblahblahblah

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 03:50:36 +0000

As you probably have already learned, the defense attorney delivers his or her closing argument after the prosecutor speaks. In addition, since the prosecutor has the burden of proof, he or she is allowed to speak again after the defense counsel speaks. The mock trial defense lawyer only has one opportunity to speak. Unlike a […](image)


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Mock Trial Closing Arguments for ProsecutionmocktrialblahblahblahMock trial

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 04:10:41 +0000

So you are nearing the end of your mock trial, and now it is time for you to do your closing argument. Hopefully you have given this a little thought before it is your turn to get up and speak. Unlike an opening statement, which can be written entirely in advance, the closing argument has […](image)


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Mock Trial Opening Statements for the Defense LawyermocktrialblahblahblahMock Trial

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:23:35 +0000

I wrote last month about presenting a mock trial opening statement for a prosecutor, so this post will deal with an opening statement for a defense lawyer. Before I launch into my suggestions, let’s talk a little bit about what the role of a defense lawyer is in a trial. The defense lawyer’s job is […](image)


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Mock Trial Opening Statements for The Prosecutor.mocktrialblahblahblah

Sat, 25 Dec 2010 22:00:55 +0000

Volunteering to present the opening statement for your mock trial team poses a challenge.  It may mean that you are the first to speak in the entire competition.  To review, let’s go over the order of a trial again.  First the prosecutor gives an opening, then the defense, then the prosecutor calls her witnesses, the […](image)


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