While most law students around the country take a break after final exams this month, Widener University School of Law students have entered a seven-day legal "boot camp" of sorts to hone the skills they'll need to try cases in a courtroom. The Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP)
brings in judges, attorneys and legal academics from around the country to the Delaware and Harrisburg campuses where they serve without pay as program faculty members. They do it because they want to impart their enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to tomorrow's generation of American trial lawyers. Students will learn from them - and practice in front of them - skills like opening statements, how to use trial exhibits persuasively and how to state objections correctly.
Known as ITAP, the program's days are filled with rigorous study, simulations and breakout sessions that divide the large attendance into small student groups.
The program runs on both campuses from May 17 through May 24.