I learned a lot about law. Through this course, I have gained a lot of knowledge that has helped me understand the world better.
- Alexander P.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Errol Patterson, J.D., B.S.M.E.
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.