Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques


How do you learn to defend your client in court?

At Emory Law, we believe the best way is to become an active participant in the process. The Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques provides all second-year students with a foundation in oral advocacy.

Anna Kurien 08L used experience gained through the Trial Techniques program to work as a second year associate with the DeKalb Public Defender's Office.

Challenge: Becoming a strong advocate for your client in the courtroom.

Not every studentís dream is to argue for your client before a judge. However, at Emory Law, we believe itís important that all students participate in an oral advocacy program so they can develop confidence in their presentation skills and learn to develop strong legal arguments.

Modeled after the National Institute for Trial Advocacy program, which is used to teach practicing lawyers, Emory's program is one of the largest in the country and has been recognized as one of the nation's finest. You will develop theories for particular witness examinations, decide on approaches to bring out facts consistent with your theories, prepare witnesses and conduct direct and cross examinations using courtroom technology in the use of exhibits.

The workshops are conducted at Emory Law and on location at nine Atlanta law firms and public law offices:  Alston + Bird, Federal Public Defender's Office, Jones Day, Kilpatrick Stockton, King & Spalding, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Smith Gambrell & Russell, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Troutman Sanders and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

More than 50 prominent trial lawyers and judges from across the United States and Canada come to Emory to serve as instructors for the May session. You will attend intensive workshops and learn how to make effective opening statements and closing arguments. You will prepare several problems each day, demonstrates your skills and receive feedback from prominent trial lawyers, judges and teachers.

Learn More

Learn more about the Trial Techniques Program by visiting the KEPTT section of our website.