Trial Practice Institute

Session 1: July 11-24, 2021; Session 2: August 1-14, 2021

THE ORIGINAL, TWO-WEEK, TRANSFORMATIVE
NCDC TRIAL PRACTICE INSTITUTE

Hosted by the Roger Williams University School of Law

The National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute is the original, transformative, two-week trial skills program designed exclusively for criminal defense practitioners. In place for over 35 years, NCDC is proud to call over nine thousand criminal defense attorneys its alumni . The Trial Practice Institute is hosted at the Roger Williams University Law School in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Each two-week session is limited to 112 participants, divided into 14 small groups according to trial experience.

We believe you have to get on your feet to become a great trial lawyer. The NCDC Trial Practice Institute teaches participants each trial skill from client interview to closing argument via a time-tested three-step process: creative lecture presentations, on-your-feet small group exercises, and powerful demonstrations. NCDC’s faculty, nationally renowned trial lawyers and coaches, are with participants every step of the way. Professional actors play clients and true-to-life witnesses.
Participants receive individualized feedback in small group exercises. This is where transformation really happens.

CLE credits are available.

“This experience has changed my life. The quality of the programming and instruction are incomparable, and I learned more here than I thought possible.”

ADMISSIONS

We have now opened the admissions process for the 2021 NCDC Trial Practice Institute. Based on CDC guidelines and general logistics, we will require that each participants be fully vaccinated no later than 14 days prior to the start of the session. We also anticipate partipating in COVID testing protocals.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact NCDC at contact@ncdc.net.

Prosecutors interested in skills training should reach out to the National College for District Attorneys (NCDA).

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of scholarships are available that cover all or part of tuition of those whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent their attendance. Some scholarships also cover the costs of accommodations and/or travel. All scholarship recipients will be asked to share a room with another participant.

Applicants can request consideration for a Deryl Dantzler Scholarship within the Trial Practice Institute Application itself. Scholarship applications from other organizations may require additional submissions. Check with your state or local criminal defense organization to see whether there is a scholarship available in your area. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Tuition & Housing Costs

Tuition for the Trial Practice Institute is $2,500.00 per person and includes weekday breakfast and lunch. Tuition does not include travel, accommodations, or evening and weekend meals. Accepted participants will be required to pay a $100 deposit to hold their spots. Tuition will be due in full by June 1, 2021.

Accommodations

Participants will stay at the Baypoint Residence and Conference Center in dormitory style accommodations close to the Roger Williams University School of Law.

Meals

Tuition to the Trial Practice Institute covers one social dinner as well as breakfast and lunch on  weekdays.  If you have special dietary requirements, please specify your needs in the space provided on the program application form. 

Cancellations & Substitions

Cancellations are accepted and tuition refunds may be available prior to May 1, dependent on NCDC filling your vacant spot with another attendee.  Substitutions will be allowed upon approval by NCDC staff. 

“Not only have my skills been increased vastly, but I have also discovered a family of dedicated people to whom I can turn for help within the field…. It is rare that a person gets to learn so much from such enlightened people.”

Interested in a Becoming an Intern for NCDC’s Trial Practice Institute?

The National Criminal Defense College has opportunities for four Roger Williams University students to serve as interns for the NCDC Trial Practice Institute. Interns perform a wide variety of tasks needed to help keep the Trial Practice Institute running smoothly, including organizing case materials, completing faculty binders, setting up and running the NCDC Store, troubleshooting participant issues, conducting registration, videotaping lectures and demos, sending and compiling evaluation surveys, printing nametags, distributing program materials, and countless other essential functions. 

The National Criminal Defense College has opportunities for four Roger Williams University School of Law students to serve as interns for the NCDC Trial Practice Institute. They will  perform a wide variety of tasks needed to help keep the Trial Practice Institute running smoothly, including organizing case materials, completing faculty binders, setting up and running the NCDC Store, creating and compiling evaluation surveys, and more.  TPI could not function without this important role!