National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition To Trial: Minnesota

September 7,2019 thru September 13,2019
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Tuition: $2945.00


NITA's Deposition to Trial: Minnesota program offers participants the chance to work on a case from the initial deposition through the jury trial. We recommend you take the full program, however, if you are only able to participate in part of the program, you may register for the following:

Deposition Skills Only Program: Sept. 7 - 8, $1,845.Two full days of demonstrations and workshops sure to increase your ability to effectively take and defend depositions. By taking the full program, you will use the proven NITA method of experiential learning to enhance your taking and defending depositions, trial skills in the courtroom and your use of technology and exhibits.

Trial Skills Only Program: Sept. 9 - 13, $2,345.Five days of practicing and perfecting your trial advocacy skills culminating in arbitration and 2 jury trials, one as a lawyer, one as a witness.


There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom. Our brief lectures and demonstrations will give you a solid base of knowledge and familiarity with deposition practice. Learn to:

• Use the Funnel Technique to exhaust a witness’s subject knowledge

• Identify other potential sources of information

• Defending the deposition (when and how to use objections)

• Work with documents and exhibits to gather information, refresh memory, and impeach

• Test your potential theories—legal, factual, or persuasive

• Direct/cross examination

• Preparation and introduction of exhibits

• Negotiations


This program literally provides you with years of courtroom experience as you go through the deposition process, an arbitration and two full jury trials. There is no better way to prepare yourself for a real-life trial setting than to practice, and perform, in a real-life trial setting. Further adding to the uniqueness of this program is that it offers attorneys the opportunity to select those portions of the curriculum of most use to them. While participants are encouraged to take part in the full program, NITA is offering the flexibility to take only the depositions portion of the program or only the trial portion.


Whether you are a seasoned trial attorney, brand new to your practice, or anywhere in between - attending a NITA course will give you the skills you need to be a better advocate for your clients. Our world-class faculty will work with you at an individual level, giving you the tools you need to succeed and helping you develop a style and presence that is unique to you.

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


– Course Materials

– One on one personalized feedback from our expert faculty

– Two full jury trials

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation


"I thought the course was excellent. I feel much more confident about my ability to do direct, cross, enter exhibits, present opening/closing statements, etc." - Sarah Fitzgerald, Thompson & Knight

"Overall, an excellent course. You are thrown right in, which while stress-inducing, is really the only way to structure the course... having the opportunity to learn in this type of environment is invaluable." - Matthew Murphy, Richards Layton & Finger PA

"My firm suggested this would be helpful and would assist me in my practice as I am now taking and defending depositions regularly. I feel much more prepared now." - Risa Chalfin, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer

Cynthia L. McCollum

District Court Judge
Excelsior, MN

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You may check in for the deposition skills section of the program from 8:30am to 9:00am on Saturday, September 7.  The program will start promptly at 9:00am on Saturday. The deposition skills section of the program will end at 5:30pm on Sunday, September 8.

You may check in for the trial skills section of the program from 8:15am to 8:45am on Monday, September 9. The program will start promptly at 8:45am on Monday. The trial skills section of the program will end at 3:00pm on Friday, September 13. The Program will be held at the following location:

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

875 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105 


Participants are responsible for their own accomodations. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information. Below, are a few suggestions, per locality.

The Residence Inn at the Depot (closest/preferred)
425 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN
Visit hotel website  

Comfort Suites Hotel Downtown Minneapolis 
425 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Visit hotel website

Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel St Paul
11 Kellogg Blvd E
St Paul, MN
Visit hotel website


Parking Information

*Please refer to the General Information Sheet in your participant informational email for parking info.Meals

There are eating establishments within walking distance of the hotels. Lunch will be provided daily with the program, along with a light breakfast (no breakfast on Saturday).  Attire

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. The materials packaging will be from Wolters Kluwer not NITA so please watch out for this shipment.

If you enroll within a week of the program's start date, you will receive the case file(s) by e-mail.

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:
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