Lesson series


In cross-examination, the lawyer does not get to practice with the witness. Now, the lawyer tells the story through short, careful questions.  What can go wrong, often does go wrong.  This course presents the formula for an effective cross, where the evidence supports the lawyer's case and harms that of the opposition.  
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  • Total 77 minutes of professionally produced video.

  • Each video features presentations of the techniques and two junior litigators demonstrating them through exercises

  • Cross-Examinations 1 is bundled with Cross- Examinations 2

  • Show Notes
  • Case Study (common to all courses in the Boot Camp Series)
  • Handbook, Introduction to Trial Advocacy, by John Hollander in his law school course
  • Advocacy Club Certificate of Completion

Have a point. Make a point.

In cross-examination, the lawyer conducts a different kind of structured interview with a witness who is usually hostile, unwilling to cooperate. The lawyer tells the story by leading questions to which the witness agrees. 

In this two-video course, you will learn how to prepare for and conduct a cross-examination that accomplishes your objectives.

Where the first video focuses on preparation for the cross using the lessons from Case Analysis, the second video focuses on the questioning technique that is the hallmark of effective cross-examination. 

Set up your final argument.

Litigators challenge witnesses tendered by their opponents.  To help their own case and put a dent in the opposition's.

In this course, you will learn how to identify the elements where you can score points, and then how to score those points.

Using the Advocacy Club's Five-and Out Technique, you will learn how to narrow your focus to just the point you are making and to reduce the risk involved in any cross.

After you make your point, you will learn to identify that and choose what to do next.

Meet the instructor

John Hollander

A lawyer since 1978 in Ottawa, Canada , John founded the Advocacy Club in 2007 to train junior lawyers in the arts of civil advocacy. ​​

John also teaches analysis and advocacy ​techniques to students at the University of Ottawa's school of common law. He has introduced experiential courses, in which he uses the Advocacy Club methodology to train upper-year law students to become junior associates in litigation practices.

John's handbook on Examinations in Civil Cases is available from Irwin Law, on the Shop Tab. . 
John Hollander, Litigator. Trainer. Author.
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