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Jessica Dean: Prepare Your Closing Argument

Jessica Dean attorney, former Atlanta assistant district attorney, and current general counsel for The Prepatory Company, knows how to win a closing argument. The most important part of a trial as a lawyer is the closing arguments. This is when you have the jury’s undivided attention (hopefully) and make your final case before they deliberate and decide on a verdict.

The most important part of a trial as a lawyer is the closing arguments. This is when you have the jury’s undivided attention (hopefully) and make your final case before they deliberate and decide on a verdict.

In the last two decades, Jessica Dean has fought for workers’ rights against corporate malpractices. She looks at how she goes in preparing for a closing statement.

Jessica looks at the process she uses in preparing a closing argument.

 

Start With The Verdict Form and Jury Charge

The verdict form and the jury charge usually show the framework for constructing the closing argument. Once you get the verdict form and the jury charge, you should highlight everything you want to be put into a PowerPoint or a keynote. This helps you keep track and makes you seem impartial to a jury.

 

Maintain Consistency Between Opening and Closing

Once you are through with your opening statement, you can use it as a blueprint to prepare your closing argument. Moreover, your closing argument can reuse many of your key points.

 

Keep Your Slides Simple

 Every slide should contain a complete idea and evidence as an exhibit. This prevents a lot of confusion. It would be best to keep your closing argument fluid until the last minute for it to be the most relevant argument for the jury.

 

Cover Every Base

When making your closing argument, you are not only pleading your case but also telling the jury how to do their job. Every instruction from the judge should be taken and deconstructed legally for the jury to get a clear picture of how to take action.

In the final episode of The BOSS documentary series, Jessica Dean faces her final assignment: a mock closing argument. It’s the culmination of everything she’s learned in The Boss program. And it’s a chance to prove that she has what it takes to be a successful lawyer one day.