Learn to ask questions like a lawyer with free UH class

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly A. Creamer, 808-389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Feb 11, 2021

Professor John L. Barkai
Professor John L. Barkai

Have you ever wanted to ask tough questions in a public setting, in family conversations or in private discussions, but wondered how best to do it? If so, you may want to think about law school—or at least get a taste of what it would be like.

A first lesson in some of those skills will be offered in a virtual mock class at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law, on February 16, at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required online, and class materials will be provided to read beforehand.

In the free public class via Zoom, Professor John Barkai will teach “An Introduction to Direct and Cross Examination.” Director of Admissions Elisabeth Steele Hutchison will also answer questions about the admissions process and financial aid.

“Join us and play trial lawyer while you learn some new ways to communicate,” said Barkai who teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Evidence and Prosecution Clinic at the UH law school. Additionally, he teaches conflict resolution and international negotiations for the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business.

Attendees will learn about witness examination and have the opportunity to practice those skills. Barkai said future litigators, transactional lawyers, business people and others with successful careers may also want to touch up their communication skills with this session.

“Even if you never plan to go inside a courtroom, in this session you will get a small taste of the experiential learning that you find in law school clinical programs,” said Barkai. “Who knows, you might even find your passion in this field.”

“There is no downside to excellent advocacy,” added Dean Camille Nelson. “Having a chance to learn about these trial strategies presents a wonderful opportunity for aspiring lawyers and leaders.”

To contact the UH law school admissions office, call (808) 956-3479 or email lawadm@hawaii.edu.