In cooperation with Mitchell Hamline College of Law, the Building Trial Skills: Minnesota portion of NITA's Deposition To Trial program offers participants five days of practicing and perfecting your trial advocacy skills culminating in an arbitration and two jury trials, one as a lawyer, one as a witness.
Consistent with every NITA program, the expert faculty is there to give you immediate and constructive feedback on each of your live and videotaped performances, including:
• Opening statements/closing arguments
• Preparation and introduction of exhibits
This program can be taken on its own or as part of the full Deposition To Trial: Minnesota program. For details on the full program click here
*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation.
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 making their own hotel arrangements. 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
Visit hotel website
Comfort Suites Hotel Downtown Minneapolis
425 South 7th Street
Visit hotel website
Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel St Paul
11 Kellogg Blvd E
St Paul, MN
Visit hotel website
The Minneapolis/St Paul International airport is approximately 20 minutes from the St. Paul downtown area, depending on traffic. A taxi from the airport to the St. Paul downtown area/law school should run about $35.00. When booking hotel accommodations please take into consideration that many hotels offer airport shuttle service. Taxi fares from the listed hotels to the Mitchell Hamline College of Law should cost approximately $13.00-$18.00.Parking Information *Please refer to the General Information Sheet in your participant informational email for parking info. 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.
*Please refer to the General Information Sheet in your participant informational email for parking info.
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.
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.
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:
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 two weeks of the program's start date, you will receive the case file(s) by e-mail.
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)
Wonderful! Great instructors. Program was well-structured. Got to see/do all the stuff relevant to trial work and practice.Andrew Webman, 2017 NITA Program Participant
The program was excellent. From the knowledgeable faculty to the well-rounded discussions on multiple topics, the entire program was very well done.Brett Tarver, 2017 NITA Program Participant
The instructors were clearly experts and wonderful teachers. They were engaging and provided helpful criticisms.Carla Sanderson, 2017 NITA Program Participant
I thought it was excellent. I learned so much in just seven days and saw a marked improvement in my trial skills. The faculty were highly knowledgeable and engaged and gave a lot of really helpful feedback and advice.Charles Zagnoli, 2018 NITA Program Participant
This course was the best educational experience I have ever had as an attorney. It represents to me the way that American legal education should be. The feedback and learning experience was incredible.Eric Weiss, 2017 NITA Program Participant
The instruction was amazing. The thing I enjoyed the most was how approachable the instructors were. They were happy to take the time to make us better, and that meant a lot. They encouraged us to fail, and that made it a safe place to step out of our comfort zone.Isaiah Gross, 2017 NITA Program Participant
"Terrific course and faculty! I have been recommending the course non-stop."Jared Watkins, 2018 NITA Program Participant
This was a great experience. I walked away more confident in my trial skills The faculty members were the best part of the experience! They were truly amazing. I honestly wish I could repeat the program and grow even more.Kara Goodman, 2017 NITA Program Participant
My experience at NITA's Building Trial Skills was completely transformative. I cannot believe how much I learned in the span of one week. The faculty were incredibly talented people who are passionate about trial advocacy. I left NITA's course will full confidence in myself as a courtroom advocate. Thank you NITA!Laura DePalma, 2017 NITA Program Participant
"This course was fantastic, I am so glad that I was able to attend. This was a very intensive course but was well worth the time and effort."Lauren Shoffner, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Exceptional. This experience exceeded my expectations. It pushed me way beyond my comfort zone, and I grew as a lawyer as a result."Stacy Robinson, 2018 NITA Program Participant
This was the best course I ever took. I was on my feet, opening, examining, cross examining and closingThe teaching panel were not only superb advocates, but superb teachers. I owe them a lifelong debt of gratitude.Wade Simpson, 2017 NITA Program Participant
During that week you [NITA Faculty Member] taught me more than just skills to use in the courtroom, you helped me gain confidence that I had lost somewhere along the way. You reminded me why I love the practice of family law and advocating for my clients...You made me a better attorney and restored the desire to continue to strive to be and do better every day.Keela Johnson, 2018 NITA Program Participant
One of the best NITA courses I have attended. The teacher/student ratio was great. The small group size really makes a difference.Daniel Lindsay, 2018 NITA Program Participant
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, 2018 NITA Program Participant
This NITA course significantly surpassed my expectations. I learned a lot about the subject of trial advocacy and about myself. I really appreciated the emphasis on not trying to fit into a "perfect trial lawyer" personality type, but rather how to use your real personality to be an effective trial lawyer.Bryony Coiner, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I learned more than I ever expected, and that week has been a huge factor in my readiness for my upcoming cases... I wouldn’t have the confidence and comfort that I have heading into these trials without NITA."Cary Bricker, 2018 NITA Program Participant
I really enjoyed the NITA seminar, and it was well worth the investment in my education. The level of talent in each group as well as the really positive environment NITA creates was impressive. I learned a lot, and learned a lot about myself. I genuinely feel I grew in skills that I'm positive will help in my career. I'm left wanting to take another class!Arturo Zepeda, 2018 NITA Program Participant
Amazing course. I am a brand new attorney, and this training gave me a strong foundation for trial. Any attorney in my position should attend.Alex Breckenridge, 2018 NITA Program Participant
WOW! NITA delivers! This was the best decision I made. You all have perfected this program. I will forever be grateful to the faculty and program directors that ran this course. You are ALL exceptional! THANK YOU!Shadbanou Azad, 2018 NITA Program Participant
This course has far exceeded my expectations in every way. So impressed!Benjamin Dodge, 2018 NITA Program Participant
I am amazed at how much I was able to learn about myself, new techniques and effective case presentation. I gained more from this seminar than I ever thought possible, and I think this course is vital for any lawyer who finds themselves in a courtroom.Mallory Deckard, 2018 NITA Program Participant
Suitable for all levels of trial experience. Everybody can learn something at this course.Marsha Dailey, 2018 NITA Program Participant
It is apparent to me, and was apparent to many of us in our discussions throughout the week, that a great deal of time and attention went into the thinking, planning, preparing and executing of the week-long program. Each day was filled with new staff and new challenges.David Rashid, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I survived and even thrived in the NITA Trial Advocacy program. I feel like I improved by leaps and bounds (although I still have a lot to learn). The criminal law team leader, Cathryn Crawford, was wonderful, always providing helpful constructive criticism with a smile. And the faculty (Judge Michael Washington, Terry Campbell, Tod Urban and Presita West) was first rate. They provided great feedback with real world perspective. (As an aside, I'd follow Judge Washington into battle any day!) In the final trial, I represented the defendant accused of commercial arson. It was a lot of work to prepare, but what an exhilarating ending to a great week! I have wanted to attend the program for many years and I wasn't disappointed!"Cheryl Bonner, 2019 Program Participant