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School of Law

Students put knowledge to the test in final Evidence trials
Did Rick O'Ruben rob Magruder's convenience store on Jan. 10?

That was the question before the court Tuesday, Nov. 27 as second-year Elon law students assumed the roles of prosecutors and defense counsel in their Evidence course final trials. A total of 13 trials were held throughout the day at the H. Michael Weaver building, home of Elon University School of Law. Local attorneys, judges, faculty members and friends of the law school served as judges, and students from Northeast Guilford Middle School and New Garden Friends School served as jurors. Each prosecution and defense team was responsible for bringing two people to serve as witnesses in the fictitious case.

Professor Steve Friedland said the goal of the exercise is to help students review what they've learned in the Evidence course and promote ease in the courtroom. Students had the opportunity to make objections, react to the judge's ruling and think quickly on their feet before moving on to the next part of the case. The exercise also provided the opportunity for students to work together in teams in preparation for the trial, and each team was expected to outline its preliminary matters, opening and closing statements, witness examinations and anticipated evidentiary objections and responses.

The four-hour Evidence class is a required course during the fall semester for second-year students at Elon Law, along with Constitutional Law I and Business Associations.