Please note that the date and facility for this program are currenlty tentative.
Are you ready to step into a courtroom with the ease and composure of a lawyer with 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 courses 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 • instruct you on how to direct and cross to greater effect • demonstrate what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits • provide you with the tools to utilize the right tactics to impeach and rehabilitate witnesses
• help you break down what makes for effective openings and closings
• instruct you on how to direct and cross to greater effect
• demonstrate what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits
• provide 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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)
"Where to start, NITA was incredible. I found all of the knowledge gained from the professors to be invaluable. I can feel confident next time I am in the courtroom after having completed the National Session."Christopher Hussein, 2019 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"Was a very educational, practically useful course. I've been practicing law for over 10 years and this was the most effective trial skills course I've had."Eileen McGovern, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Even if one is skilled in trial work, it's always good to learn from others. And the instructors were skilled, but varied--and that's a great thing to learn from."Davis Yee, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Terrific course and faculty! I have been recommending the course non-stop."Jared Watkins, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Very informative and practical skills. I saw a lot of improvement and am more confident."Frank Malatesta, 2019 NITA Attendee
"The program was very intense and very informative. The "learn by doing" approach worked well for me. As a senior attorney, I welcomed the refresher."Celeste Jones, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Excellent training: probably the best CLE I've attended in 10+ years of practice. I was particularly impressed by the faculty's diversity."Engels Tejeda, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Absolutely excellent. A tremendous experience that I will never forget. I am grateful for the dedication that makes the course possible."Eric Lucentini, 2019 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"This course was the best thing I have ever done for my professional development."Chris Bynum, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Great learning experience. I left feeling confident that I could successfully put a trial together beginning to end."Ambrosia Logsdon, 2019 NITA Attendee
"The class was outstanding. I learned SO much and was incredibly inspired. I have been raving about it to friends. I would even call it life-changing, because I have so much more confidence now, and am excited to get out there and fight for my clients."Jennie Feldman, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Excellent course. I learned a lot from the excellent instructors. It was a well-designed course - it was helpful to get the practice and repetition of being on my feet and speaking every day."Kevin Wolff, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Amazing course, best I have ever attended. What a wonderful learning experience."Yvonne Perez, 2019 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"It was an amazing course. I learned a lot not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level."Mujdah Rahim, 2018 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"This course has far exceeded my expectations in every way. So impressed!"Benjamin Dodge, 2018 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"Suitable for all levels of trial experience. Everybody can learn something at this course."Marsha Dailey, 2018 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 NITA Attendee
"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, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Thank you SO much for your wonderful contributions to the NITA program. I can't begin to describe how much I learned. You [NITA Faculty, Sal Mungia] were an invaluable part of the course."Megan Cook, 2019 NITA Attendee
"I very much enjoyed my introduction to NITA... I’ve continued to think about the case and was still drafting closing argument paragraphs in my head on the plane ride home. In addition to the valuable skills training, it was great to meet such excellent practitioners from so many walks of life. "Whitney O'Byrne, 2019 NITA Attendee