Georgia Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Spring 1989), pp. 689-729


This Article opens with an historical analysis of the forces that stimulated the growth of trial practice training. It then shifts the focus to the current concern of the bar with raising the level of professionalism among lawyers. Part III discusses the role of law schools in helping their students meet both competency and professionalism challenges. To this end, Part III addresses (1) the need of any trial practice course to incorporate litigation ethics in a meaningful way, perhaps within the context of creative and challenging problems materials; and (2) the need for instructors in the field to add quality writings to the literature of trial jurisprudence. The thesis of this Article is that the targeting of litigation ethics and the continuing development of qualitative literature form companion needs. In addition to the components identified by Imwinkelried in his call for a unifying philosophy, these are components that will ensure continued curriculum acceptance of courses in litigative skills.