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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!

    • Musa Mahlori says:

      Wow! I am a practicing Lawyer, and I am based in South Africa. I just recently started to follow your channel and I wish you can teach me a great closing argument.

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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.

  • says:

    Hello I am Zeinab Ghadhamfar,a law student. I hope to learn about trial preparation and tips to boost confidence while presenting in court. Thanks.

  • says:

    Hello, my name is Debra Buckley, and I am a Paralegal Student. I am glad to be here and so happy to have found this Course.

  • rabbie.hanna says:

    Good day all, my name is Rabbie Hanna, an Expert Witness in Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecology related cases. I have learned a lot from the cases I have been involved in on either side and looking to learn more about the legal process to further enrich my knowledge and to become better at what I do. Thank you Mr Stone for this course.

  • Hello. My name is Afton. I work as a prosecutor in Wisconsin. Looking forward to improving my trial advocacy skills.

  • Hello. My name is Courtney Washington. I am a Texas attorney currently working as an associate attorney for a high volume Plaintiff’s personal injury firm. I have been practicing for almost two years, it will be two years in October 2021. I am also in the process of starting my own firm where I will be practicing family law, probate, and personal injury. I hope to gain additional knowledge and insight into the litigation process so that I can be the best advocate for my clients.

  • Hi everyone! I was just admitted to the Bar about 5 months ago. I have a few bench trials coming up and hope to learn as much as possible in a short time. I have already purchased one of the books Jarrett recommended and am looking to make another purchase of one of the pricier books soon. Thanks Jarrett for helping us Plaintiffs’ lawyers… It is greatly appreciated!!!

  • says:

    Hi my name is Pam. I have practiced for over 20 years but got out of law practice for a while. I am now reentering and feeling a bit rusty. I am looking forward to revamping my skills.

  • Hi, my name is Eric Young, and I have been a personal injury attorney in California for many years. Over the course of my career, I have handled several jury trials, but not as many as I would have liked. The prevailing wisdom is that most PI cases settle. I feel like I need to brush up on some foundational trial skills that may have gotten a little bit rusty.

  • says:

    Hello, my name is Isai I am a pre-law student looking to start building a foundation early so that I am more confident for when the time comes for my first case.

  • Hi, my name is Tisha, and I have been practicing law for almost four years now. I started in administrative law with a disability advocacy group, but recently took on a new position as a deputy prosecutor in Arkansas. I am taking this course as a refresher since trial ad feels like it was forever ago for me. My disability experience put me in front of many administrative law judges across the country but, overall, the practice is informal and non-adversarial, so I definitely need to brush up on my trial ad skills. I am hoping to gain insight and develop healthy trial prep/performance habits by taking this course.

  • Hello everyone. Glad to be here. I am a 2L from NJ and looking for any quality resource to help me along in this journey. Ultimately, I am intrigued by trial law. I did well in some related areas and so I am excited to see where this takes me. So far, I have been enjoying the video lessons.

    I would like to get more mastery of the process of trial litigation. For example, how to appropriately advocate, object and admit evidence. I think that is a fair way to begin. All the best, -AC

  • says:

    Hi, I’m the outlier here. No law degree. I am a high school mock trial coach in search of digestible content to share with my students. The you tube videos are wonderful! I need to stay a step ahead of my team so here I am! Thanks in advance…

  • Hi! I’m a family lawyer in Minnesota. I have no trial experience and I am preparing for trial!

  • Angela Rey says:


    I am a high school mock trial teacher and I hope to go with through this course with my students.

  • April Kelly Neal says:

    A. Kelly Neal-I am retiring soon from a job where I performed no trial work. Many of the education law cases I do on a volunteer basis need an experienced trial lawyer.

  • Abid Hussain says:

    Hello everyone! I’m an older attorney, been practicing for 15 years, but mostly as a transactional attorney. I have purchased this course to fill in gaps in my knowledge and practice, as I am now doing more and more litigation. Looking forward to learning from the material and the community.

  • I am a new lawyer and have a couple trials coming up against some trained killers. I need the fundamentals asap.

  • ruben baeza says:

    Hello, my name is Ruben P. Baeza and I am a second-year law student. I have no desire to litigate in a courtroom. I just want to be an estate planning and probate attorney. I am taking this course to prepare me for Moot Court this summer. Thanks!

  • Trista Mixon says:

    Hi :). I’m a newer prosecutor (student practice) with about 15-trials under my belt , 6 of them “solo trials” with some wins and…some losses. I’m also finishing up law school this semester, so I’m a little bit busy managing school in the evenings/weekends while running a full docket of criminal cases during the work week. I’ve been in Court all day/every day for about 7-months now (with zero courtroom experience before) and I’m hoping to polish up my game a little now that I’m becoming more confident and comfortable in the courtroom.

  • Harold Rubinfeld says:

    I am an older attorney with many years of practice in bankruptcy law and a small amount of civil litigation. However I now need to expand my practice and definitely need a course like this so I can master the basics of conducting civil trials. Thank you so much for making this course available!

  • says:

    Greetings all!, My name is Chase Kinney; I am a California-licensed attorney with KINNEY & KINNEY Attorneys at law. (Yes, I am one of the Kinneys’) We are father and daughter. My dad has been practicing family law for 46 years, and I started out as his paralegal for 15 years before I took the leap. We are a well-established Family Law Firm and new clients are booking consults as we speak. That being said, I am taking this course because Family Law attorneys generally don’t recognize as “trial” lawyers. I feel that because our trials are bench trials, the family law community forgets the evidence code. They fall short of properly presenting admissible evidence. Or knowing the exceptions to objections or any of the hearsay exceptions. It just seems to lack the foundational structure that civil and criminal trial courts operate on. I want to step outside of that box and become a strong trial attorney, hoping family law lawyers will join my fight.

    That was long-winded, but I’m sure every gets the point. Anyway, I’m excited about the course; Thank You, Jarrett Stone, and wish me luck reframing courts of equity!

    Attorneys at law
    ~Let our family help yours~

  • My name is Linda and mastering trials as a family law and civil attorney is my goal. Want to get as much tools and info as pisdibke

  • layfcarlson says:

    Hi! I’m Layf Carlson, I’m a criminal defense lawyer (I also do some civil litigation) in Omaha Nebraska. I’ve only been practicing a couple of months and am looking to fine-tune my litigation skills.

  • devang3000 says:

    Hi! I’ve practiced law for a long time and did mostly transactional work, some light civil litigation, and generally settled cases so virtually no trial experience. Recently joined a firm where I’ll be handling general civil litigation and hoping to elevate my practice. Been following Jarrett’s excellent content on YouTube and looking forward to developing the skills to be a better advocate for my clients!

  • Brandon Martin says:

    Hi, I’m Brandon Martin! I enjoy the YouTube channel. Thanks!

  • Nathaly Saavedra says:

    Hello! I am a Plaintiff’s attorney in the employment world. I have been practicing for 7 years and while I do have some trial experience there is room for improvement!

  • Bryan Agresor says:

    Hello, everyone! Can’t wait to dive into this learning journey with you all. I am still a new attorney—almost 10 months into my practice–and I work mostly criminal defense cases for the conflict panel here in the Coachella Valley, CA. I have a couple trials lined up, so I can’t wait to learn and grow as much I can before then.

  • adrian james tan says:

    Not a lawyer but a PhD in Sociology and an English and Philosophy major as an undergraduate. Just interested in law and would like to learn. I do teach courses on the Philosophy of Justice.

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