We offer two programs each year. Our Evidence Program takes place in the Spring and our Trial Program happens in the Fall.

The Evidence Program

The Evidence Program provides education and training in the evidentiary concepts that every trial lawyer must master to succeed in court. Over two nights, San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta delivers his renowned lectures on relevance, hearsay, and other key evidentiary concepts. Following the lecture series, students participate in hands-on workshops to practice what they learned. Workshop leaders ensure that each lawyer in the program learns the proper procedure for entering exhibits into evidence, laying foundation, objecting to evidence, presenting stipulations, and arguing motions under California Evidence Code section 352.

The College of Trial Advocacy

The Trial Program expands on the Evidence Program and provides students with an immersive experience in trial advocacy. Combining the best of demonstration, instruction, and experiential learning, the College of Trial Advocacy trains lawyers in voir dire, opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, and closing argument. Students practice laying foundation, admitting exhibits, using demonstrative evidence, making objections, responding to objections, handling stipulations, interacting with the judge, and persuading the jury.

“One of the things that has been the most helpful I think is to get the really specific, detailed information about evidence, and then get a chance to apply it right away. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to law school, so it’s great to be able to get a refresher and then to have a chance to try it out.”

Jennifer Henry, Esq.

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