TLU Trial Skills Bootcamp

Join our Trial Skills Bootcamp today!

TLU Trial Skills Bootcamp is a three-day Intensive Workshop in Las Vegas, NV where participants will exponentially improve their presentation, cross-examination, and voir dire skills. Participants will be in four-person groups. Video replay will be used throughout.

To master any complex skill it must be broken down to its fundamentals (micro skills). The micro skills must be identified, isolated, and practiced to the point of unconscious competence. The micro skills of persuasion are:

1. Appropriate eye contact
2. Voice control
3. Hand/body movement
4. Emotional control
5. Glance control
6. Creating space
7. Word selection
8. Listening

Participants will practice these skills in the context of voir dire, opening statement and cross-examination.

If you have eight participants in your location, we can bring the bootcamp to you. Please contact Dan for more information and scheduling at dan@triallawyersuniversity.com.

Trial Skills Bootcamp & Ski

Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe | January 14-21, 2023

TLU Trial Skills Bootcamp & Ski is a six-day Intensive Workshop in Lake Tahoe, NV where participants will exponentially improve their presentation, cross-examination, and voir dire skills. Participants will be in four-person groups. Video replay will be used throughout.

To master any complex skill it must be broken down to its fundamentals (micro skills). The micro skills must be identified, isolated, and practiced to the point of unconscious competence. The micro skills of persuasion are:

1. Appropriate eye contact
2. Voice control
3. Hand/body movement
4. Emotional control
5. Glance control
6. Creating space
7. Word selection
8. Listening

Participants will practice these skills in the context of voir dire, opening statement and cross-examination.

The only way to master any skill is to be able to teach it. This workshop will get you there. The first three days will be spent mastering the micro skills of connection, the last three will be spent learning to transfer these skills to others, aka teaching.

Tuition includes lodging, breakfasts, and dinners. Skiing and lunches are not included.

If you have any questions or want more information Dan Ambrose’s cell is 248-808-3130.

January 14th
Check-in is at 3:00pm
6:00pm Dinner

January 15th
7:30am – 10:30am Voir dire training
10:30am – 4:00pm Ski/Casework
4:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner/break
6:30pm – 9:30pm Presentation skills training

January 16th
7:30am – 10:30am Voir dire training
10:30am – 4:00pm Ski/Casework
4:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner/break
6:30pm – 9:30pm Presentation skills training

January 17th
7:30am – 10:30am Cross-examination training
10:30am – 4:00pm Ski/Casework
4:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner/break
6:30pm – 9:30pm Presentation skills training

January 18th
7:30am – 10:30am Casework/Presentation Skills Training
10:30am – 4:00pm Ski/Case Work
4:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner/break
6:30pm – 9:30pm Case Work/Cross examination training

January 19th
7:30am – 10:30am Case Work/Voir dire training
10:30am – 4:00pm Ski/Case Work
4:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner/break
6:30pm – 9:30pm Case Work/Presentation skills training

January 20th
7:30am – 10:30am Case Work/Voir dire training
10:30am – 4:00pm Ski/Case Work
4:00pm – 6:30pm Dinner/break
6:30pm – 9:30pm Case Work/Presentation skills training

January 21st
Check-out by 11:00am

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Bootcamp Agenda

Day one focuses exclusively on presenting with the use of visuals:

  • Foam core boards
  • Powerpoints
  • Flip chart
  • Ipevo (document camera)
  • Physical models


Participants will also practice using dialogue and creating space.

Day two focuses on mastering sets of voir dire, designed to:

  • Build that initial connection with your jury
  • Form a group around you
  • Pacing
  • Pausing
  • Word choice
  • Empower the jury
  • Define and identify potential bias

Day three will focus on cross-examinaiton. Students will master the use of:

  • The flip chart
  • Using dialogue in cross
  • Present tense
  • Eliminate tag lines
    • correct
    • true
  • Eliminate filler words
    • and
    • ok
    • ah
  • Creating space
  • Dodd’s Three Rules
    • leading questions only
    • one new fact per question
    • all facts lead to goal oriented fact

BOOTCAMP reviews

Esperanza Anderson ​
Esperanza Anderson ​Law

…Trial Lawyers University was invaluable in improving my presentation skills. I learned techniques to improve my preparation for trial and also hearings so that I could easily access the substance of my message without needing to rely on notes. This is in turn helped me pay more attention to how I was delivering my message as well as to how I was carrying myself when doing so. I became aware, for example, of body language and behaviors that were alienating my audience. I also learned techniques to deliver my case in a more compelling way so that a finder of fact (be it a judge or a jury) could feel invested in my client’s story. The program is intense. It requires significant preparation to maximize the value of the lessons. And it requires a thick skin to hear the brutally honest feedback. But when you are finished, you will have the skills to dramatically improve your effectiveness as a lawyer and advocate.

Ranojoy Guha
The Guha Law Firm

Dan’s boot camps provide small groups of trial attorneys of varied experience levels with a fun, unique opportunity to work intensely together in a supportive environment with a caring but brutally honest coach whose innovative methods will teach you how to hone the skills necessary to actually connect with your jury and attain the verdicts your clients deserve!

Darryl Isaacs
Isaacs & Isaacs

I would highly recommend anyone who does trial work, to get Dan on your team. You will get your money’s worth and you will get better!

Aaron Tillman
Tillmann Law

If you are looking to improve your presentation skills in trial, this is the course you need. The group is small, so every person presents on their feet multiple times a day, gaining that muscle and brain memory. TLU Trial Skills Training is the best and fastest way I have seen to improve your presentation skills giving you the confidence you need to walk into a courtroom and work with your jury.

Matthew J. Belcher
Aleksy Belcher

I completed the TLU Trial Skills Bootcamp in Los Angeles and highly recommend this program. 

It’s a lot of work — and a lot of advance preparation — but Dan Ambrose puts his entire heart into the training and I found it to be transformative and well worth the investment!

Peter C. Wachowski
Aleksy Belcher

I am different as a result of your workshop. I am better. Different is not always better, but better is always different. I have trials coming up. All I do is day dream about doing the trials. I am incorporating all of the tools I learned from TLU. I feel armed with new tools that I know make me better.