Course Highlights

  • Explore all roles of a challenging case acting as defense attorneys, prosecutors, witnesses, jurors, or judge
  • Develop your legal skills by researching evidence, crafting arguments, and preparing and examining witnesses
  • Experience a unique view of the legal profession that is personal and insightful from seasoned lawyers or legal scholars
  • Gain insight into the wide range of career options in the legal field

Course Highlights

  • Explore all roles of a challenging case acting as defense attorneys, prosecutors, witnesses, jurors, or judge
  • Develop your legal skills by researching evidence, crafting arguments, and preparing and examining witnesses
  • Experience a unique view of the legal profession that is personal and insightful from seasoned lawyers or legal scholars
  • Gain insight into the wide range of career options in the legal field
  • W H E N
    • Early July: July 13-July 25, 2020
    • Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020
  • T U I T I O N

    Residential: $4,998 USD

    Extended Commuter: $3,398 USD

    Commuter: $2,798 USD

Overview

This program introduces students to vital techniques that are used by trial lawyers throughout the United States. Real world experts will share their knowledge about Trial Law and students will hear the inside scoop on law school and the admissions process.

During the program, students will meet with legal professionals to gain insight into their daily activities and learn more about their career journeys. This will be a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get exposure to a “day in the life” of legal and judicial experts. Excursions include the United States Supreme Court.

Hands-On Learning

Master courtroom processes as you defend a challenging case from start to finish. Research the evidence, craft and deliver your opening statement, prepare and cross-examine witnesses, craft your arguments, and have a strong closing statement to impress and win over the judge and jury.

Career Exploration

We will discuss the wide variety of professions within the field of law, such as lawyer, paralegal, mediator, litigator, judge and more. You'll get a deeper sense of your unique motivations and aptitudes and how that aligns with potential academic and career choices. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices.

Instructor

Dr. Errol Patterson, J.D., B.S.M.E.

Errol Patterson

Errol Patterson is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of litigation experience in federal and state courts. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown Law, Professor Patterson was a Partner at Newman & Holtzinger, P.C. and later Of Counsel at Steptoe and Johnson, LLP. He has successfully prosecuted and defended a variety of civil cases, including complex contract, product liability, insurance coverage and mass tort disputes and claims. Over the course of his career, he has advised and provided legal and strategic counsel to boards of directors, executive, senior management and in-house counsel of Fortune 50 domestic corporations and large non-profits. He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and worked for several years as an engineer for Monsanto Company before law school. Professor Patterson obtained his JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.