For the better part of the last decade, students in Albany Law’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic have used a computer program called “You Be the Judge” to help them sharpen their evidentiary objections. It takes about forty-five minutes for students to complete a simulated trail during which they must object to various pieces of evidence and/or testimony using the Federal Rules of Evidence. The student must choose when to object and write an explanation for the objection in the time allotted.
The appeal of the program is that it offered a simple and entertaining way to practice trial skills without the need for elaborate hypotheticals or the cooperation of fellow students. However, the game also had several drawbacks. It only worked with very old operating systems. Correct answers were not always accepted if the student didn’t word them exactly how the game did, and the game offered limited feedback as to why answers where right and others were wrong.
We are now in search of a replacement program that would similarly allow students to practice their evidentiary objections. Ideally the program would be based on the New York Rules of Evidence, but the Federal Rules would suffice.
What similar programs do others use? One newer program is the “Objection!” program (http://www.objection.com/products.html) has anyone used it? Would anyone recommend it? Thanks for any suggestions you could provide.
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