The National Criminal Defense College’s Deryl Dantzler 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.
Each two-week session is limited to 128 participants, divided into 16 small groups according to trial experience. Participants receive individualized feedback in small group exercises. This is where transformation really happens.
We believe you have to get on your feet to become a great trial lawyer. The Deryl Dantzler 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.
Session I – June 16 – June 29, 2024
Session II – July 14 – 27, 2024
Session I – June 15 – June 28, 2025
Session II – July 13 – 26, 2025
Located in Fairfax, Virginia at the Hilton Fairfax.
We have now opened the admissions process for the 2024 Deryl Dantzler Trial Practice Institute. If you have questions about the application process, please contact NCDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prosecutors interested in skills training should reach out to the National College for District Attorneys (NCDA).
If your office is sponsoring a group, you can use the office application. Please note that each individual is also required to submit an application to be considered for admission.
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. Scholarship recipients may 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.