At the Charleston School of Law, students have access to many online resources to use for legal research, paper writing, or whatever other coursework a professor may assign. However, students often do not venture outside of Westlaw or LexisNexis and explore the other databases available to them. A prime example of an underutilized online resource is LexisNexis Courtroom Cast.
LexisNexis Courtroom Cast is a database that provides courtroom and case recordings, as well as training modules for certain litigation practices. It is a resource provided through LexisNexis and Courtroom View Network that is available to CSOL law students and faculty. Courtroom Cast provides AudioCaseFiles of frequently-assigned cases, Courtroom Cast videos of real-life court hearings, and Training Libraries that teach which litigation techniques to use in the courtroom.
AudioCaseFiles consist of edited versions of case decisions that are commonly assigned in law school courses. Students can download MP3 files, listen to the cases, and make notes through the “case notes” feature of the database. If visual learning is preferred, the text of the edited court opinion is also available, as well as the rule of law and a brief fact summary. The collection of audio files can be browsed by subject or by casebook title. Whether a student is an auditory or visual learner, AudioCaseFiles is an extremely useful tool for law school students.
Courtroom Cast Videos
The Courtroom Cast Video collection is the world’s largest online library of courtroom videos. It includes video from selected trials, hearings, and oral arguments from United States federal and certain state courts. It is searchable and browsable by party, lawyer, law firm, judge, industry, practice area, jurisdiction, and case name.
Courtroom Cast Training Libraries
The Training Libraries are designed to help students with their advocacy skills through video clips from actual trials. The modules cover three areas: Trial Advocacy, Rules of Evidence, and Appellate Advocacy and include expert commentary and analysis with each video. The trial advocacy topics cover opening statements, direct and cross examinations, closing arguments, and rebuttals. The Rules of Evidence topics include relevancy, witnesses, opinion and expert testimony, hearsay, and other rules. The appellate advocacy topic includes petitioner and respondent argument, as well as handling questions from the bench. In each of these topics, the experts chose the best examples of technique to help users hone their advocacy skills.
How to Access LexisNexis Courtroom Cast
To access LexisNexis Courtroom Cast, CSOL students must register for the database. It is a simple process of selecting “Charleston School of Law” from a dropdown menu and creating an account using your CSOL email and a password. Once created, students have access to all media on Courtroom Cast.
Overall, LexisNexis Courtroom Cast is a valuable resource for all law students, from 1Ls who are struggling to get through their readings to 3Ls worried about their litigation skills. Check out LexisNexis Courtroom Cast today, and see everything it has to offer!
Written by: Kristen Ashe