The first step of case analysis is to gather the information in the case. Interview techniques appear simple. They're not. The primary technique for this is the basic, open question.
These two videos present and demonstrate the basic and advanced methods to interview a witness or client to establish rapport, gather information, hone in on the important stuff, and ensure thoroughness. Featuring the Advocacy Club's famous "Five-and-out" technique.
The second step is to analyze the case from the information gathered. Law students learn case analysis by reading the decisions of courts and tribunals. But judges have all the facts! Lawyers don't, at least not until final argument.
These two videos present and demonstrate the basic and advanced methods to break the case into its component parts and then use those parts to think about and plan how to use those parts to build a case. Featuring the Advocacy Club's famous "Seven Elements" technique.
Trials are an exercise in storytelling. Witnesses tell the story during direct examinations. The most challenging part of any trial is planning and executing a direct examination strategy.
These two videos present and demonstrate the methods to lead a witness through the story and protect the witness from the cross-examination. Learn to play both offence and defence.
Cross-examination - a good cross - gets little admissions and builds the case in tiny, incremental steps. Don't swing for the fences, at a huge risk, when you can accomplish the task with singles, bunt sacrifices, and little risk.
These two videos present and demonstrate the methods to lead a witness through the story with a view to telling the alternative story - the one the cross-examiner wants to tell.
Final argument is where the advocate wraps it all up with a bow. But what is the formula to persuade a decision-maker?
This single video presents and demonstrates the formula to give your theme, guide the audience through the body of the argument, and brings it home with a call to action. The techniques apply to any oral presentation, whether to a court, a tribunal or any audience gathered to hear the advocate's presentation.
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Case Study for Boot Camp Videos
The PDF of the case study used in all Boot Camp videos is available for download here.
This PDF contains detailed notes from all nine modules and exercises for participants who take the Boot Camp to practice on their own. Because these notes are a companion to the streaming video, they are accessible for 91 days from the date of payment. They are available for a fee here.