National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Building Trial Skills: NYC (February 7-9 and March 7-8, 2020)

February 7,2020 thru March 8,2020
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Tuition: $2945.00

Please note that the date and facility for this program are currenlty tentative.


This NITA two-weekend program is designed for the busy practitioner who has to minimize time out of the office during the week. Taking place over two weekends, the program offers the same learning-by-doing exercises as other NITA trial programs. However, unique to this program is the one-month separation between the two weekends, giving participants a chance to test their enhanced skills and continue their development on the second weekend. As a participant, you will use NITA's teaching method to dramatically improve your skills as a trial lawyer.

For over forty years, NITA has offered trial skills programming taught by the best trial lawyers in the country, volunteers who donate their time and dedicate it to your professional success. Nowhere but through NITA can you receive personalized coaching by a veritable “who’s who” of advocacy experts—trial lawyers, judges, and law professors—from coast to coast.


There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom, where our advocacy instructors:

• help you break down what makes for effective openings and closings

• instructs you on how to direct and cross to greater effect

• demonstrates what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits

• provides you with the tools to utilize the right tactics to impeach and rehabilitate witnesses


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.

The capstone of your training? Conducting a full, half-day trial before actual jurors. Afterward, you’ll watch your jurors deliberate, then have a chance to question about the particulars of your performance. Within days, you’ll return to your office empowered to make immediate use of everything you’ve learned—skills that will serve you until the day you retire.


Now, you might argue that you don’t have time to leave your work and clients to attend a multi-day training session. Or maybe you can’t justify investing even more money in professional development after law school tuition and loans.

Our question for you is, what is your current skillset costing you in terms of confidence untapped? Leadership unstirred? Verdicts un-won?

Even if nine out of every ten of your cases settle before trial, when you learn trial skills by actually doing them, it translates into better outcomes for your clients.Whether you litigate, mediate, settle, or simply meet face to face with your client for advice, understanding the complexities of a trial empowers you to be a more influential advocate for your clients, in court—and out.

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

– Video Performance Review and Feedback

– Interactive Jury Trial with Feedback

*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

"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, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn LLP

"I really enjoyed the course and thought the practice of getting on your feet and practicing the trial techniques was very beneficial. I also thought the instructors I had each day were very knowledgeable and helpful." - Jeffrey Basso, Campolo Middleton & McCormick LLP


You may check in for the first of two sessions of the program from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Friday, February 1.  The program will start promptly at 4:00pm on that date and will conclude by 4:15pm on Sunday, February 3. 

The second session will run check in for the program from 8:30am to 8:50am on Saturday, March 2.  The program will start promptly at 9:00am on that date and will conclude by 12:30pm on Sunday, March 3. 

The location of the program is:

New York Law School
185 West Broadway
Room W420
New York, NY 10013
Visit Law School WebsiteAccomodations

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  There are no negotiated room rates for this program. The following hotels are recommended based on their proximity to the program. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca
39 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-4091
Visit Hotel Website

Duane St. Hotel
130 Duane St.
New York, NY 10013
(.2 mile from NYLS)
Visit Hotel Website

Millennium Hilton
55 Church St.
New York, NY 10007
(.72 miles from NYLS)
Visit Hotel Website

The Wall St. Inn
9 S. William St.
New York, NY 10004
(.75 miles from NYLS)
Visit Hotel Website


JFK, Laguardia and Newark Airports are a 35 - 45 minute commute to the listed hotels.  Taxi fare from either one of the airports to the hotels will approximately cost $55.00. 

Parking Information

Please check with the hotel where you choose to stay for parking rates.  The parking around the law school is very limited and usually is metered parking.  We recommend taxis and carpooling.


Snacks and refreshments are provided every day of the program. A continental breakfast will be served on both Saturday and Sunday of the two weekends. Lunch will be provided on February 3, March 2, and March 3. You are on your own for lunch on Saturday, February 2.


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 CLE  attire 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 Coordinator.


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