Trial Advocacy
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Course Introduction

Lesson 1 Chapter 1 Module 1

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With every trial and hearing, there's always a decision on how much information needs to be provided. It's truly a balance.


On one hand, you don't want to leave information out that can be helpful. On the other hand, you don't want to overwhelm the judge or jury, which can backfire on you.


I'm facing the same balance when it comes to Trial Ad Academy. On one hand, I want to provide you with all of the information that you'll ever need. On the other, I don't want this course to be overwhelming, which may cause you to give up on it. 


Given this, be sure to watch the videos and read the content below it. And if you think that something is missing, then leave a comment below. If you feel overwhelmed or confused, then leave a comment below. IF YOU'RE LOVING THE CONTENT, then obviously leave a comment below.


Recommended Resources

As stated in the video, you do not need to purchase these resources in order to get value out of the course. Instead, the below resources merely supplement the course. And keep in mind, these links are affiliate links, which means that Law Venture will get a portion of the sales price (at no extra cost to you). 

2021 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

This course will go over the Rules of Evidence. As we go over them, you may want this cheap book as a quick reference to read along, make notes, and then take to the courtroom. Even if you don't plan on practicing in Federal Court, it may still be worth purchasing because your state's Rules of Evidence are most likely modeled after the Federal Rules.

David Ball on Damages 3

This book is pretty pricey. And this course will cover some of the book's portions that every lawyer should use. But, if you are a Plaintiff's lawyer (or plan to be), then I strongly recommend that you look into getting this. While I may disagree with some of the book's trial tactics at times, overall it's a really sound investment for Plaintiff's lawyers.

Rules of the Road

Another pricey book that I highly recommend for Plaintiff's lawyers. And if you fall in a different area of law, it's still worth considering because it teaches some concepts that can be used by all. That being said, some of those concepts will be taught in this course when we discuss cross examination.

Win Your Case: How to Present, Persuade, and Prevail

Here's a well-priced book that balances out the previous two. Gerry Spence is well known in the advocacy world. In fact, he's the guy behind Trial Lawyers College (and also the guy behind some pretty massive verdicts). This book can be a bit intense at times by asking the lawyer to go above and beyond, however, it provides great insight on how to present your client's story. We'll be touching on this when we discuss Opening and Closing.

Trial Techniques, Ninth Edition

This book is the closest thing to a necessity as it gets! One of my trial advocacy coaches referred to it as the "gold standard" in the advocacy world. While the book itself has limitation because you can't watch the examples and it's difficult to get a sense of the presentation style, it is something that I recommend bringing to all of your trials. That way you can reference it at any point.  

  • Hey everyone! I’ll get things started by introducing myself! My name is Jarrett Stone and I love being in the courtroom. In all honesty, I tend to get bored with arguing behind a keyboard. Instead, I’d rather just go toe-to-toe in open court. Anyways, I’m hoping to share some of this enthusiasm with y’all as we progress in the course!

  • Matthew Watson says:

    Hello, my name is Matt and I’m a second year attorney practicing in Ohio. I began practice with zero courtroom experience and I’m actively looking to become more comfortable in the courtroom. I do have roughly 20 criminal bench trials and 2 civil bench trials under my belt now but there is room for improvement!

    • That’s a lot of experience in a really short time, which is great! Do you have more interest being on the defense or prosecutor/plaintiff side?

      • Matthew Watson says:

        I currently do a lot of Plaintiff’s work and enjoy being on offense more than defense.

  • Barbara I. Nelson says:

    Risking embarrassment, I will respond wayyy after the course began. Holidays . . . blah, blah, blah. I’m here now. My name is Barbara Nelson. I was sworn in about 8 months ago. I still have the new lawyer smell. LOL!!! I work for a small criminal defense firm that primarily handles low misdemeanors. I am currently delving into family law, A/N/D and juvenile court. I very much need this course. I don’t want the thought of taking a case to trial to intimidate me. For this to be the case, I know I need to learn as much as I can so that I am comfortable with the process. Let the learning begin . . . late!!! LOL!!!

    • Welcome! And better late than never! I can’t wait to see how much this course elevates your confidence. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

  • Colleen P says:

    Hi everyone! I just climbed aboard the Trial Ad Academy train and it’s been a smooth ride so far! I love the videos, Jarrett…you’re awesome. 🙂

  • Josshu@hotmail.com says:

    Hello Everybody. I am an English professor at a Law School in Mexico. Recently I was asked to incorporate legal topics to my syllabus, and I am willing and able to immerse myself in this course.

  • Hi all! I am going into my 3rd and final year of law school as a non-traditional student — choosing to raise my family first 🙂 I am currently a Certified Law Clerk for the local District Attorneys Office. I came to law school knowing I wanted to be a prosecutor. I look forward to enhancing my trial practice understanding and skills through this course.

  • Mirranda Nelson says:

    Mirranda Nelson. Criminal defense attorney in North Dakota.

  • Aamena Ahmed says:

    Hi, I’m Aamena! I am a 2L in Ohio. I’m excited to improve my advocacy skills and confidence in mock trial.

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