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National Advocacy Center and University of South Carolina School of Law Professional Development Program

2013-2014 Seminar Dates:

Basic Criminal Trial Advocacy

December 3, 2013-December 12, 2013
February 4, 2014-February 13, 2014
May 6, 2014-May 15, 2014
September 9, 2014-September 18, 2014

Basic Civil Trial Advocacy Seminar

December 10, 2013-December 19, 2013
June 3, 2014-June 12, 2014

Basic Civil Pretrial Practice Seminar

February 3, 2014-February 7, 2014
August 4, 2014-August 8, 2014

Intermediate Criminal Trial Advocacy Seminar

March 10, 2014-March 14, 2014
July 8-12, 2013

Motion Practice and Brief Writing Seminar

March 31, 2014-April 4, 2014


Brief Overview

The National Advocacy Center (“NAC”) and the University of South Carolina School of Law Professional Development Program provides University of South Carolina law students with the opportunity to participate in course offerings at the NAC and to participate in an expanded internship program.

NAC Course Offerings

The NAC offers courses in Basic Criminal Trial Advocacy, Intermediate Criminal Trial Advocacy, and Basic Civil Advocacy courses. The “students” are Assistant United States Attorneys and other attorneys that work for the Department of Justice. These student/attorneys apply to be included in the trial courses. The courses are made up of several components:

Lectures: During the course, instructors give lectures and on various topics such as: “Introduction to Sanctions,” “Anticipating Defenses at Trial,” “Handling an Accomplice Witness,” and “Legal Ethics: Brady/Giglio Issues.”

There are also Lecture/Demonstrations where the instructor gives a lecture and provides a demonstration on topics such as: “Direct Examination,” “Opening Statement,” “Exhibits, Evidentiary Foundations, and Demonstrative Aids,” “Cross-Examination,” “Impeachment,” and “Closing Argument.”

Workshops: The students in the course conduct an opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, and closing statement. The studentís work is videotaped and critiqued by the instructor.

View a sample agenda for the Basic Criminal Trial Advocacy Course.

How do University of South Carolina law students participate in the NAC courses?

University of South Carolina law students may participate in two ways:

Observer: Law students may sign up to attend and observe the lectures, lecture/demonstrations, and workshops. A student does not have to attend the entire course, but instead may choose a single day or half day to attend.

Workshop Participant: This requires the law student to attend the entire course. The law student will be a full participant in the course and complete the exercises in the workshop. The law student will complete an opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, and closing. These exercises will be taped and critiqued by the NAC instructors. The law student must have time to participate in the entire course. The law student should be able to meaningfully participate and it is suggested that students have already taken some core classes such as Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure. The law school recommends participation by 3Ls and 2Ls who have taken the recommended course work.

How do I sign up for the NAC trial courses?

About six weeks prior to the course an agenda for the course will be published. There will be approximately 10 slots available for student participants.

Once a student has viewed the agenda and decided how they would like to participate (either as an observer or a workshop participant) the student should send an email to Associate Dean Holley-Walker (Email). The email should contain the following information:

  1. The studentís name and year;
  2. What trial course the student would like to sign up for;
  3. What level of participation the student is applying for (observer or workshop participant);
  4. If the student is applying to observe the trial course the student should indicate what lectures they would like to attend. A student may also elect to observe an entire day of lectures or multiple days;
  5. If the student is applying to be a participant in the course the student should indicate whether they have taken Evidence and Criminal Procedure (if they are signing up for the Criminal Trial Advocacy course).

NAC Internships

The National Advocacy center will also offer internships. The position descriptions are below:

NAC Internship — Publications Unit of the Office of Legal Education

This position is located in the Publications Unit of the Office of Legal Education, National Advocacy Center, United States Department of Justice. The principal task will be to research, cite check, and edit legal textbooks and the United States Attorneys' Bulletin (www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/foiamanuals.html), but work may involve creating original content for publication. All other duties as assigned. Applicants must be able to write clearly, accurately, and grammatically. The normal schedule is fifteen hours per week during the school year, full time in the summer, but there is considerable flexibility. Please include cover letter, grade sheet, copy of unofficial Law School transcript, and a writing sample (preferably one that demonstrates knowledge of and proficiency with the Blue Book). There are 2 paid positions available. The positions are full-time for the summer, and part time for 2L year. Possibility to continue job into 2L summer and/or 3L school year.

NAC Internship — Indian Country Training Team in the Office of Legal Education

This position is with the Indian Country Training Team in the Office of Legal Education, National Advocacy Center, United States Department of Justice. The principal responsibilities will be to research, edit, and cite check a practice manual on prosecuting violence against women crimes in Indian country, but work may include creating original content for this publication and others. All other duties as assigned. Applicants must be able to write clearly, accurately, and grammatically. The ideal candidate is one interested in Indian law and issues relating to violence against women. The normal schedule is fifteen hours per week during the school year, full time in the summer, but there is considerable flexibility. Please include cover letter, grade sheet, copy of unofficial Law School transcript, and a writing sample (preferably one that demonstrates knowledge of and proficiency with the Blue Book). This is an unpaid position.

Contact:

Mary Beth Pfister
National Advocacy Center
1620 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-705-5141
mary.beth.pfister@usdoj.gov