The National Employment Lawyers Association’s Trial Boot Camp is an intensive two-day skills-based program specifically designed for plaintiffs’ employment lawyers at all levels of trial experience. The Boot Camp will feature interactive demonstrations and presentations on successful techniques and strategies for trying employment cases. Topics include opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, the rules of evidence, jury selection, and more.

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Individuals who register as "Trial Boot Camp Advocates" will have the opportunity to refine their trial techniques and perfect their individual styles by conducting two three-hour mock trials. This format will enable you to "learn by doing," observe other lawyers practice their techniques, and receive constructive feedback. Advance preparation is required for Trial Boot Camp Advocates. Those who wish to learn by listening to and watching the lectures, demonstrations, mock trials, and critiques, but who do not want to conduct the mock trials themselves may register as "Trial Boot Campers." 

All participants will be assigned to one of the Trial Boot Camp’s "Trial Teams" based on experience level. Trial Teams will be led by the same "Trial Team Leader" throughout both days of the Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will use a common fact pattern based on an actual pregnancy discrimination case. Participants will be provided with the case materials in advance of the Boot Camp, and are strongly encouraged to review them before they arrive at the Boot Camp to maximize the learning experience. Learn more


Trial Boot Camp Advocates
Registration closes February 21, 2014
  • $750 NELA Members
  • $1,100 Non-NELA Member
Trial Boot Campers
Early-bird ends February 21, 2014
  • $550 NELA Member
  • $500 NELA Member Legal Services/Public Interest/Government Attorneys/Paraprofessionals
  • $850 Non-NELA Member
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Full or partial scholarships are available to legal services, public interest, and private lawyers who represent workers through The Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program. Learn more

About NELA

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is the largest professional membership organization in the country comprised of lawyers who represent workers in labor, employment, and civil rights disputes. NELA advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. The more than 3,000 members of NELA and its 68 circuit, state, and local Affiliates are committed to working on behalf of those who have been treated illegally in the workplace. Learn more