FSCOR 702 Mock Trial Capstone

6 credits

Examines how evidence is presented in the courtroom during a simulated trial, which is the culminating event of the class. Oral communication skills as they relate to eliciting and giving testimony are stressed. Trial preparation focuses on locating and analyzing all relevant digital evidence, constructing the theory and theme of the case that is the subject of the mock trial, drafting examinations, opening statements and closing arguments, applying evidence law, preparing, and effectively using, exhibits, and developing the skills necessary to be testifying forensic accounting and forensic IT experts. All students learn how to present physical and documentary evidence using technology that includes a document camera, SmartBoard, and projection media. Students in the IT track examine a hard drive and an evidence disc using state-of-the-art forensic recovery tools. Students in the accounting and IT tracks prepare CVs, engagement letters, and expert reports, all of which will form the basis for their testimony during the mock trial. Students in all other tracks prepare and present opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, closing arguments, and motions in limine.

Prerequisite(s): 30 graduate credits in Forensic Studies, including all FSCOR courses. (Note: Students are not permitted to take another course concurrently, except by permission of the Program Coordinator)

Students participating in the summer mock trial session, must be in residence for the entire week of trial.