National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Expecting the Unexpected at Trial

October 8,2019 thru October 12,2019
NITA Education Center
1685 38th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Tuition: $2945.00


What happens when your witness changes testimony? How do you handle surprises from the bench or opposing counsel? This program is a next-level training that mimics the live flow of trial like no other. If you feel safe sitting down and watching PowerPoint lectures, this is not the program for you. Featuring the most performance time of any NITA program, we have cut out the case analysis, slashed the lectures, and heightened the pace. You will work closely with and receiving coaching from our expert faculty who will challenge you while creating a supportive learning environment that encourages risk taking. You will be able to try it out here so you can own it in trial.

Download PDF of the course brochure here


This groundbreaking course teaches you to expect the unexpected at trial. Throughout the course of five days this program will challenge you to:

• Deal with witnesses changing testimony

• React when a judge rules against you on critical evidentiary points

• Pick and persuade a jury in the age of social media

• Effective examination (direct and cross) of damages experts

• Admit social media into evidence

This program also features:

• Jury selection — attorneys will select two separate juries

• Fast paced drills on objections

• Advanced exhibit techniques

• Long form examinations

• Opportunity to debrief with jurors, judges, and faculty


In front of the camera, you’ll perform each of these aspects of a trial, and learn not just from your own mistakes (and triumphs), but from those of your groupmates, too. On-the-spot video review allows you see and hear yourself the way jurors do. But unlike in a trial where the outcome is real, with NITA you get to make immediate course corrections and practice them over and over—with only your old habits at stake.

NITA’s “learning-by-doing” method, when practiced in the safe harbor of the classroom, allows you to feel more comfortable taking calculated risks and performing under pressure, without ever jeopardizing your client’s case or your own reputation.


If you are an attorney with a solid set of trial skills, who thinks there is not a training that can challenge you and take you to the next level, let NITA show you otherwise. Sign up today.

Scholarships are available for this program through the NITA foundation. Additional information on how to apply for a scholarship, can be found here.


– One on one personalized feedback and coaching from NITA faculty

– Case Materials

– Full jury trial

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Master Advocate Designation


"One of the best NITA courses I have attended. Teacher/student ratio was great. The small group size really makes a difference." - Daniel Lindsay, California Correctional Peace Officers Association

"This was a fantastic course. I loved how approachable the instructors were and how there was a genuine feeling of them wanting to help and not just criticize." - Joshua Bishop, Boise City Attorney's Office

Richard H Schoenberger

Walkup Melodia Kelly et al
San Francisco, CA

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William X. Elward

Loyola Univ School of Law
Chicago, IL

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You may check in for the program from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, Tuesday, October 8.  The program will start promptly at 9:00 am on Tuesday and will conclude on Saturday, October 12 by 4:30 pm.  Do not make plans to leave before 4:30 pm and allow 2 hours for airport shuttle. 

The program will be held at the following location:

NITA Education Center
1685 38th St, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. There will be a negotiated room rate with the Residence Inn as the program approaches.

Residence Inn Boulder
3030 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
(1.8 miles from the NEC)

Courtyard by Marriot
4710 Pearl E Cir,
Boulder, CO 80301
(1.4 Miles from NEC)


The Denver International Airport (DIA) is about one hour from Boulder. The Boulder Super Shuttle has an airport shuttle that goes between DIA and Boulder and is open daily from 5:00am until 12:30am. For more information, please call 303.227.0000. Note: Travel time may be up to 3 hours.

Shuttle Options:

Union Cab has taxis at DIA 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. You can catch one at a cab stand outside on the 5th level of the airport. Cost will be approximately $100.00 one way. Please call 303.922.2222 to schedule a pick-up. Uber & Lyft tend to be less expensive than taxis.

Parking Information

Parking is free at the NEC and the hotel


Snacks and refreshments are provided every day of the program.  Participants will be on their own for breakfast, lunch will be provided.


Attendees are encouraged to wear "courtroom attire" during the program. Not only might a lawyer's appearance have an effect on the trier of fact, and is thus a matter of concern for the serious advocate, but it has been our experience that attendees dressed more formally than the usual CLEattire find themselves more easily “getting into character” and presenting a more polished performance. Dressing for court also provides each attendee with more realistic feedback when watching the recorded performances each day. On occasion, there may be a casual day during the program that will be announced on-site.

CLE Credits

All states have different MCLE requirements. Please make sure that the state(s) you require credit for were either noted in your registration or communicated to the Program Specialist prior to the start of the program. NITA will not apply to states for course approval after the start of the program. Please note that if you do not complete the program in its entirety, some states do not award partial credit.

For an estimate of credit hours by program type, please see below.

States Based on a 50 Minute Credit Hour:
Trial Program: 36-75 Credits
Deposition Program: 16-25 Credits
Specialty Program: 8-22 Credits

States Based on a 60 Minute Credit Hour:
Trial Program: 30-63 Credits
Deposition Program: 13-21 Credits
Specialty Program: 7-20 Credits

If you need to know the exact number of credits for a specific program please contact your Program Specialist.


Pre-program preparation requires that you become familiar with the FACTS associated with the case file and/or problems. In order to get the maximum benefit from the program, it is imperative that you prepare as much as possible in advance, as time for preparation during the program is extremely limited. Please refer to the program schedule for assignment details to prepare for your performances in each workshop.

Program materials will be shipped approximately four weeks prior to program's start date from our fulfillment company Wolters Kluwer.  For delivery or return questions related to NITA Program materials, please contact Wolters Kluwer at or call (800) 234-1660.

If you sign up 2 weeks prior to the course you will receive the case file by e-mail and the textbook will be shipped UPS Ground to your address. If any part of the textbook is necessary to your program preparation you will receive an electronic version of those sections as well.

Advocate Designation

Are you serious about developing a well-rounded foundation in advocacy skills?
Prove it by completing the NITA Advocate Designation program.

Be recognized for your NITA training! Achieving a NITA Designation allows you to demonstrate your expertise to clients and colleagues. Upon completion of your required coursework, NITA will send you a letter, certificate and an e-mail with a special graphic logo attached. Use these documents to demonstrate your advocacy knowledge through your website, advertising, etc. The NITA Designation logo will also be added to your Martindale-Hubble profile.

The required courses for the NITA Advocate Designation include one building trial skills course, one deposition skills course and one specialty course. The courses can be purchased individually but we also offer discounted package pricing.


(Total price if programs are purchased individually: $7135)

In addition to this trial skills course, here are the other upcoming required courses in your area: