*Please note that the date & facility for this program are currently tentative.
Are you ready to step into a courtroom with the ease and composure of a lawyer burnished by countless wins at trial? What about walking into a tense negotiation showing so much confidence that opposing counsel settles the case rather than risks facing you in the courtroom?
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.
“I will always be nervous, but after NITA I am not afraid.”
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, how to direct and cross to greater effect, what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits, and utilizing the right tactics to impeach and rehabilitate witnesses. Real experts--fire marshals and psychiatrists-- are brought in to participate during the expert witness workshops.
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.
“‘[NITA is] worth every penny,’ is what another attorney told me, and I agree.”
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 unwon?
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.
*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation
You may check in for the program from 9:30am to 10:30am on Thursday, January 2. The program will start promptly at 10:30am on that date and will conclude by 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 7. The program will be held at the following location: Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact area hotels directly for reservations and additional information (below is a suggestion based on locality). The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Loyola Law School Los Angeles
919 S. Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact area hotels directly for reservations and additional information (below is a suggestion based on locality).
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
LA International Airport is a 45-minute commute to the hotel. Taxi fare from the airport to the hotel is approximately $47.00. Super Shuttle is also available at a cost of $16.00 at 800.258.3826 or www.supershuttle.com. A dispatcher can also assist you with the shuttle at the airport.
Directions to Loyola Law School from Culver City, Orange County, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles:
Take the San Diego Freeway north to the Santa Monica Freeway east. Exit at Hoover Street. Turn left on Hoover Street. Turn right on Olympic Boulevard. The law school is located on the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Valencia Street. The parking structure is located one block east of the law school. Turn left on to Albany Street. The garage is at 919 South Albany Street.
Directions to Loyola Law School from Santa Barbara, San Fernando Valley, Ventura County:
Take the Ventura Freeway east to the Hollywood Freeway south, to the Harbor Freeway south.
Parking is available at the Law School for $9.00 per day. A credit card is required for payment upon exit (no attendant).
The campus cafeteria will not be open on January 2nd. For your convenience, you may purchase a box lunch upon check-in at the program. The cafeteria should be open the remainder of the week, or if you choose, there are restaurants in the hotel and nearby & a refridgerator onsite.
Appropriate business attire is required throughout the program's duration. Most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated courtroom setting.
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.
Program materials will be shipped approximately four weeks prior to program's start date from our fulfillment company Wolters Kluwer.
If you sign up 1 week prior to the course you will receive the case file electronically and the textbook will be shipped UPS Ground to the address on your application.
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.
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
"OW! 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