November 24, 2021

NCDC has worked to build bridges not break them. We’ve embraced hard truths about what is lacking in race equity, revamped curriculum, and guided our community through difficult conversations; all in an effort to encourage anti-racist lawyering.

Monday’s argument in the Ahmaud Arbery trial by NCDC Faculty Member Laura Hogue was not what this community encourages, teaches or supports.

The leadership of NCDC was shocked and appalled and ultimately disappointed.

Laura Hogue’s argument that blatantly used racist tropes to argue on behalf of her client, crossed the boundary of acceptable and effective advocacy into the realm of indecency.


The National Criminal Defense College profoundly elevates the practice of criminal defense in the United States, and has for decades. Our goal is to consistently pursue meaningful improvement in the quality of justice for people accused of crimes.


We envision a world in which all individuals who come in contact with the legal system are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness, regardless of wealth, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or status in any marginalized group.


Pursuing justice by delivering the highest standard of trial skills training, through a diverse faculty, to criminal defense attorneys across the United States to ensure that people accused of crimes are represented by client-centered, trial-focused, and zealous counsel.

Pursuing justice by preparing defense counsel to recognize and confront racism and bias in the criminal legal system.

Pursuing justice by inspiring and empowering a diverse community of criminal defense attorneys to transform the criminal legal system to ensure due process of law, effective assistance of counsel, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, and equal protection of law for all people.


The Trial Practice Institute is NCDC’s flagship program. It has been conducted annually since 1985 and is presented in two two-week sessions in the summer. NCDC also conducts Short Programs on Cross-Examination and Forensic Cross-Examination during the Fall and Winter.

Our programs are attended by private criminal defense attorneys, public defenders, federal defenders, and military defense attorneys.   


Jan 13th – Feb 11th 2022
(via Zoom)

NCDC Online Cross-Examination Workshop

Program Fees $725
State-Level Public Defender $650


We now accept Visiting Faculty Applications year round. 

“I will never try a criminal case the way I did before attending the NCDC…[It] changed my outlook on the practice of criminal law…made me a better trial lawyer and a better person.”