National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Building Trial Skills: North Carolina

May 13,2019 thru May 18,2019
Queens University of Charlotte
1900 Selwyn Ave
Charlotte, NC 28207
Tuition: $2945.00

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 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. This is one of the few programs that use focus group exercises to test theories and determine strengths and weakness of the case.

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.

This program will satisfy North Carolina's Substance Abuse Awareness AND General Ethics requirement.

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation

Seth A. Blum

Kurtz & Blum PLLC
Raleigh, NC

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Thomas J. Innes

Defender Assn of Philadelphia
Bala Cynwyd, PA

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You may check-in for the program from 10:00am to 11:00am on Monday, May 13. The program will start promptly at 11:00am on that date and will conclude Saturday, May 18, at 5:00pm.


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
555 South McDowell St
South Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204
2.5 Miles from the University
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Residence Inn Charlotte SouthPark
6030 Piedmont Row Dr. S
Charlotte, NC 28210
3.4 Miles from the University
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Le Meridien Tower
555 South McDowell St
North Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204
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Out-of-town participants may fly in to the Charlotte International Airport. Please contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability, or taxi cab companies for transportation to and from the airport.

Parking Information

Parking at the university will be free, prior to the program the Program Coordinator will send you more specific information regarding where to park on campus. Please contact the individual hotels for their parking information.


Refreshments and snacks will be provided throughout the program as well as lunches. Please let the Program Coordinator know if you have any food restrictions or allergies.


Appropriate business attire is required throughout the program's duration. Most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated courtroom setting.

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.


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 sign up 2 weeks 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.

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)

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