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Pre-law student using Jodi Arias case to study

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After two days of answering tough questions from jurors, Jodi Arias is getting a break.

Court isn't in session Friday, but people following the case are still talking about it.

Many people watch the proceedings every single day on TV and even in person. We spoke to a young man who keeps a close eye on the case because he's studying it.

He's gone to the courtroom and records the trial every single day.

You could say he's pretty obsessed, like a lot of people are with this case. But to this young man, the courtroom is more like a classroom.

Defense: "Would it be fair to say he had an all-access pass to your body?"

Arias: "Yes."

For weeks we've watched what happens in this courtroom.

Prosecutor: "So you're telling me you don't know the exact hour right?"

But to Austin Koval, this environment is more of a classroom.

"Especially with this case, with how high profile it is," says Koval.

The 24-year-old just got accepted into a pre-law program, but watching the Arias trial every day in person or on TV has taught him lessons he wouldn't find in a textbook.

"It's something that I can keep in mind so that when I go to law school and when I eventually practice law it's something that I'll have as knowledge set into my mind," says Koval.

The former police officer says watching Arias take the stand will affect what he tells his future clients.

"We've seen her play it out and we've seen what she's said and it's something I'm going to keep in mind. If I ever have defendants I'm going to advise them to maybe do things a bit differently, cause the way I think she's done her case so far, I think it's played greatly against her and not for her."

Koval hopes to be direct and aggressive like prosecutor Juan Martinez. He also says following this case gets him fired up for the future.

"I can't wait til I eventually get my turn to be in a courtroom and presenting my case, whether its prosecution or defense, it definitely motivates you especially going down there and seeing it in person."

Koval says he believes this is a groundbreaking case and he expects to hear about it in his classes.

He also thinks that the sexual photos and recordings used as evidence change what future lawyers will consider appropriate in the courtroom.

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