National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Writing Persuasive Briefs

May 24,2019 thru May 25,2019
Loyola Univ School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street Ste 1026
Chicago, IL 60611
Tuition: $2345.00


The goal of any piece of legal writing is to get the intended audience to form an opinion without having to do any additional research on their own. The writer must do all that work beforehand and effectively lay the information out in a clear, concise and compelling document. This new legal writing program takes that notion and puts it into a 3-step process, which gives participants the necessary tools to be effective, persuasive writers.


Focusing on concepts of rhetoric and persuasion, this program provides steps to guide participants through the stages of writing: from effective organization of multiple legal points, to structuring a specific argument, to polishing and word choice.


This program is broken down into three key segements: Research, Large-Scale Organzation, and Polishing


You will need to conduct your research before the start of the program.


Only after careful, one-on-one reviews of your analysis will you start work on an outline and rough draft. NITA’s legal writing experts will lead you in a number of writing exercises on issue statements, introductions/conclusions, headings and the organization of issues based on relevance and relationship.


Once you have a complete rough draft, it's time to make it shine. Simply making sure the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed isn't enough. Learn editing strategies that can catch potential errors that are often overlooked when proofreading. Polishing is much more than correcting those glaring spelling and grammar errors. The focus is on identifying and strengthening any style and structural weaknesses.


Whether you are a seasoned trial attorney, brand new to your practice, or anywhere in between - attending a NITA communication course will give you the skills you need to be a better advocate for your clients. Our world-class faculty will work with you at an individual level, giving you the tools you need to succeed and helping you develop a style and presence that is unique to you.


– One on one personalized feedback from communication expert, Catharine DuBois.

– You will be working on your own brief for this program.

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation


"Excellent overview, and mix of lectures and exercises. Amazing teacher to student ratio!" - Genevieve Marshall, Anne Arundel County

"Excellent course! I'd highly recommend it to other attorneys." - Wanda Cannick, US Department HHS

Catharine DuBois

Brooklyn, NY

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Catharine DuBois

Brooklyn, NY

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You may check-in for the program 8:30am to 9:00am, Friday, May 24th.  The program will start promptly at 9:00am and will conclude at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 25th. 

The program will be held at the following location.  

Loyola University School of Law

25 East Pearson St

Chicago, IL 60611

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

Residence Inn Downtown
201 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611
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Crowne Plaza Hotel
160 E Huron St
Chicago, IL  60611
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Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
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Westin Hotel of Chicago
909 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
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It is a 45-minute to 1-hour drive from either O'Hare International Airport or Midway to Loyola University School of Law.  Taxi fare from O’Hare International Airport or Midway Airport to The Residence Inn is approximately $40.00 one way and takes approximately 45 to 1 hour.  The law school is within walking distance of the hotels listed.  They are approximately 6-8 blocks.

Parking Information

Several commercial garages are located in the area near Loyola. If you are making hotel reservations, please ask about parking.  There will most likely be a charge to park your car.


Refreshments and beverages are provided throughout the program. Lunch is on your own.Attire

Attire is business casual. 

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.


Please come prepared to be actively involved in the writing and editing workshops as well as the one-on-one consultations.  Assignment: A sample will be used in your one-on-one consultation.  Samples should be legal analysis, sould be double-spaced, and should be fewer than 10 pages. They are to be sent prior to the start of the program.

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: