Every year the National Judicial College partners with the Tort Trial and Insurance Practices section of the American Bar Association to present an annual Trial Academy. This year, the academy is taking place April 16-21.

The ABA asks that we ask students to serve in a mock trial as expert witnesseses. I am seeking students from the engineering program.

This is a very fun and rewarding experience and generous compensation is provided for those students who choose to participate.

TIPS flyer

The dates for the Trial Academy this year are Saturday, April 16 through Thursday, April 21. The entire course is held here at the National Judicial College.

Physics/Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Student Expert Witnesses
The students will be participating as expert witnesses in a mock trial put together by the TIPS faculty. The faculty would like to ultimately end up with 8 engineering and/or physics students for the mock trial. The students will begin their interviews/auditions on Monday, April 18 at 9:45 am at the National Judicial College Building (Building 84 on campus). We anticipate they will be finished with the interviews by 2:45 pm on that day. We anticipate each student will need approximately 5-6 hours of prep time if chosen for their roles, but it would depend on each individual student and how well they will absorb the information they are given to testify on.

Each student who signs up as interested in coming for an interview will be given a document and/or documents to review by the TIPS administrative coordinator. All students who show up for the interviews thoroughly prepared with the information will receive $175 for participation. The chosen students will receive an additional $225 for their participation in the mock trial.

Our goal here during the recruitment phase is to keep the students engaged and interested in the project, so we are hoping to get all parties who are helping with the recruitment onboard with keeping them excited. In addition to the compensation, we were thinking that we would invite each interested student to come pick up their preparation documents with a little “pizza party”. I will provide you with more information on this once we get some interested students and have the preparation documents available. Participating in the trial academy would be a great opportunity for the students to participate in a realistic trial and work with some of the top attorneys and legal professionals in the country.

If you have any questions for me or you would like to meet with me or President Chad Schmucker, please let me know. I can answer any and all questions.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this! We are excited to be able to help with getting the students in for this great experience!

Kelly Zahara

Course Administrator

The National Judicial College

Judicial College Building/MS 358

Reno, NV 89557

Phone: 775-327-8209 | Toll-Free: 800-25-JUDGE