About NITA

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) is the nation's leading provider of legal advocacy skills training. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, NITA pioneered the legal skills learning-by-doing methodology over 40 years ago and has since remained the ultimate standard in continuing legal education. 

Vision

NITA has more than 40 years of experience in teaching trial advocacy skills. Our sole mission is to improve the quality of advocacy in our nation's courtrooms.

Teaching Methodology

NITA's programs are distinguished by a learning-by-doing teaching philosophy. With an average student/faculty ratio of 4:1, NITA programs guarantee quality guidance, instruction, and individualized critique. In addition, the faculty demonstrate specific advocacy skills and techniques throughout each NITA program.

In all NITA full trial skills programs, the participant's performances are videotaped. Following faculty critique in the performance room, the participant views his or her videotaped performance with another member of the faculty. This form of individualized critique gives the participant valuable feedback on technique, style, and strategy in a comfortable setting.

Professionalism and Ethics

NITA is committed to promoting professionalism and ethical behavior in the legal profession. Each NITA program addresses these issues on a formal and informal level and includes special segments on professional responsibility.

Faculty

With an average student/faculty ratio of 4:1 and a large volunteer faculty pool drawn from a cadre of judges, law professors, and practicing attorneys, NITA’s multi-day “boot camps” deliver unparalleled professional development for nearly 7,000 attorneys each year.

Public Service

As a not-for-profit organization, NITA provides the same high caliber training to public service attorneys that is offered to the nation's largest firms. At little or no cost, NITA holds programs for legal service attorneys, public defenders, and attorneys who have chosen to work in child advocacy, tribal law, death penalty defense, immigration, domestic violence and other vital areas of public interest. NITA is also one of the top non-profit publishers of legal publications. NITA’s references, texts, case files, and audio-visual materials are used by thousands of attorneys and are incorporated into the curriculum at over 85% of the nation’s law schools.

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