Located in Dallas, Texas, the ABOTA seeks to protect the right to a jury trial, as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Achieving this goal includes promoting the concept among trial lawyers before they enter practice.
For the past few years, ABOTA has sponsored the National Trial College for third- and fourth-year students. Using a mock courtroom, experienced judges and lawyers provided thorough instruction in preparing for trials, designing solid opening statements, and delivering strong closing arguments.
After four days of in-depth coaching, students staged a mock trial in the presence of a jury. After their presentation, they watched the jury arrive at its decision. Faculty members evaluated the students on their courtroom performance. A graduation ceremony followed on the final evening.