"If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit"; eight of the most controversial words spoken in an American courtroom. These words were central in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, and they yield insight into the defense attorney’s rhetorical and thematic approach to defending their client, O.J. Simpson. Using a timeless legal strategy, the attorneys simplified their arguments to be understood by a 5th grader, a rhetorical technique proven to be very effective.
In this CHIP, you will learn the skill of trial advocacy through examination of the trial techniques demonstrated in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Together, we will read, watch, and discuss crucial moments from the trial, and learn about the American legal system as a whole. In the process, we will prepare and put on our own ‘mock trial’ (Diggory v. Hogwarts), and learn the crucial skill of advocacy, a skill that will serve you well throughout your CHC career. Trial advocacy is noble art, one that requires thorough preparation, practice, and integrity. Trial advocacy is 2,000 years old, and its principles can be found in the ancient works of Aristotle and Cicero. Together we’ll learn about this famous trial, develop our advocacy skills, and how to get involved in the University and CHC community!