NITA’s Effective Advocate Training Program: Traditional Law School Learning in an Online Environment

For the full program information, please contact NITA directly.

NITA’s contact information available at: http://www.nita.org/page.asp?id=95

In February 2010, NITA embarked on a pilot program to run a traditional learning-by-doing program online. NITA’s Effective Advocate Training Program (EATP) was a cooperative effort by NITA, William Mitchell College of Law and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education. Through a variety of technology tools, we tested the concept of running a live program online and at a distance over an eight-week period. The class met five times at a specific time and day over the course of eight weeks. On the off weeks, participants focused on their oral and written assignments and received individual coaching and feedback from NITA faculty around the country. The program focused on Opening Statements, Direct Examination, and Cross Examination. NITA originally recruited 16 participants to be involved in this pilot program free of charge. In the end, 12 participants comprised of six William Mitchell law students and six practicing attorneys from government entities to large firms completed the entire program. We recruited 11 faculty also from government entities to large firms from around the country to teach and provide feedback to participants.

The course received a high rank in these areas:

  • Supportive and helpful learning environment
  • Good interaction between faculty and participants
  • Receiving one-on-one faculty feedback
  • Oral performances as an effective learning exercise
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