Trial College

The ABOTA National Trial College on the campus of Yale Law School provides young trial lawyers with intensive training from accomplished trial lawyers. Faculty demonstrations and student exercises encompass all aspects of civil jury trials from effective voir dire to persuasive opening statements and closing arguments.

Students nationwide are invited to apply. Download the application here.

About Trial College

The inaugural ABOTA National Trial College in 2010 was conducted at Princeton University. The 2012, 2014, and 2016 Colleges were held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Designed for second- through sixth-year trial attorneys from both sides of the bar, the program consists of five days of intensive instruction, student exercises, and critiques culminating in three simultaneous mock jury trials on the final day with each student having significant participation.

With an impressive 2:1 student to faculty ratio, the classes are taught by highly experienced trial lawyers from all parts of the country who share their techniques of trial preparation and the art of effective advocacy. The students also have the opportunity to work with very experienced and accomplished expert witnesses. The entire program takes place in the hallowed halls of Yale Law School. After four days of academic work, students are divided into trial teams and compete in mock jury trials before real judges and jurors after which the students observe jury deliberations and then receive final critiques from the faculty. A graduation ceremony is held on the final evening.

  • Five full days of intensive training and critique given by some of the best trial attorneys in the nation on the campus of Yale Law School.
  • Learn advanced techniques in trial preparation and trial practice.
  • Opportunity to apply the lessons in daily exercises and a mock jury trial.
  • Network with new and experienced trial lawyers nationwide.
  • Opportunity to work directly with world-class expert witnesses.
  • CLE Credit (The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates will request CLE approval in select jurisdictions)

invited Faculty

Michelle Ator
Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP

Christine Boyd
Lavin, Cedrone, Graver, Boyd & Disipio 

Eugene Brown, Jr.
Hinshaw Law 

Karen Burgess
Burgess Law PC

Deborah Chang
Chang Klein LLP

Doris Cheng
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

Jennifer Doan
Haltom & Doan

Andrea La'Verne Edney
Butler Snow, LLP

Wilma Gray
McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Ambacher LLP

R. Bruce Hurley
King & Spalding

Lamont Jefferson
Jefferson Cano

F. Dulin Kelly
The Kelly Firm 

Cynthia McGuinn
Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn 

Larry Ottaway
Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom

Craig Peters
Altair Law PC

Steven W. Quattlebaum
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, PLLC

Renne Rothauge
Perkins Coie

John E. Sweeney
The Sweeney Firm