NITA—the National Institute for Trial Advocacy—is famous for its intensive training programs in (you guessed it!) trial advocacy. NITA offers various fee-based programs, but it also offers some free webcasts each month, with an online library of past webcasts you can view anytime. Some address skills needed in trial practice, but some are useful for any lawyer (or law student!). For example,
- Rise above the Rest: Mastering the Top 10 Communication Skills for Lawyers, PART 1 and PART 2, addresses small talk, extemporaneous speaking, meetings, and phone calls—not just formal presentations. You can use these lessons in your job interviews and networking, as well as many other settings.
- Effective Legal Strategy: Turning Problems Into Victories, coming up Aug. 25, "provides a framework for analyzing a client's circumstances, determining the client's optimal resolution, and developing effective strategy and tactics."