National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Building Trial Skills: Minnesota

September 9,2019 thru September 13,2019
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Tuition: $2345.00

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
• Direct/cross-examinations
• Preparation and introduction of exhibits
• Negotiations

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.

Cynthia L. McCollum

District Court Judge
Excelsior, MN

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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
Minneapolis, MN
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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
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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.

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 two weeks 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:
    Currently, there are no courses available in this location.