The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute
Go from the Classroom to the Courtroom
Hit the ground running as trial attorneys. The two-year TPI curriculum covers every stage of the trial process, from pre-trial preparation to jury selection to sentencing. By the time they graduate, TPI students have studied courtroom technology, how to present scientific evidence, and the performance skills they’ll need to engage jurors. Practicing lawyers and judges teach eight required TPI courses in our state-of-the-art courtroom, and offer valuable insights into what it means to pursue a career in trial advocacy.
Get cutting-edge training. Today’s jurors expect technology in trials, and that’s what TPI grads give them. Our state-of-the-art in-building courtroom features evidence presentation equipment, remote witness capability, multi-angled cameras, court-management software, and electronic recording equipment to capture jury reaction and response. Knowing how to engage a jury using technology gives TPI students a career advantage.
Understand experts & evidence. TPI trains students on how to effectively use expert witness testimony in trials. Students also learn the fundamentals of courtroom scientific evidence: forensic pathology, chromatography, DNA analysis, paternity testing, traffic accident reconstruction, and fingerprint use.
Prepare to get hired. Our graduates are ready to excel as trial attorneys: state defenders and prosecutors, prosecutors, public defenders, criminal defense, and civil litigators. Spending two years in the TPI environment means that they've received the personalized feedback that they need stand out in the hiring process - from prepping a strong portfolio of application materials to dressing professionally and interviewing confidently.
“I was chosen over thousands of other job applicants because of my experience with TPI.”
–Meghan Connelly, ‘10
“TPI prepared me to be effective in my practice whether I do criminal or civil litigation.”
–Ariel Lett, ‘14
“TPI gives you practical experience. It allows for trial and error before your work product actually counts.”
–Ashley Landrum, ‘14