ABOTA National Trial College

June 10-15, 2018

Yale Law School  |  New Haven, CT

The 2018 ABOTA National Trial College held 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.

The inaugural ABOTA National Trial College in 2010 was conducted at Princeton University. The 2012,  2014 and 2016 Colleges were held on the campus of 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 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 state-of-the-art facilities at 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.

The faculty mentors will consist of leading trial lawyers nationwide, including several past National Presidents of ABOTA.

  • Five full days of intensive training and critique given by some of the best trial attorneys in the nation held in state-of-the-art facilities at 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.
  • CLE Credit (The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates will request CLE approval in selected jurisdictions). 
  • Network with new and experienced trial lawyers nationwide.
  • Opportunity to work directly with world-class expert witnesses.


Students nationwide are invited to apply. Registration is limited.

Agenda and application form is available HERE>>

Applications will be reviewed by the National Trial College Committee. Applicants will receive 
notice of the committee’s decisions on or before February 9, 2018.
Application deadline: January 12, 2018