Defender Trial School

This course is sponsored by Co-Sponsored by Office of Indigent Defense Services.

Participants will use their own cases to develop a cohesive theory of defense at trial and to apply that theory through all stages of a criminal trial, including voir dire, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination. The Guide for Participants, located below, explains the type of case to bring and the few steps to take to prepare for the program.

This program is open to public defenders and private attorneys who perform a significant amount of appointed criminal work.

For information about other indigent defense education courses, visit our

Indigent Defense Education site.



Additional information

 Fellowship Information:

The application process for fellowships offered through the School of Government has closed. If you submitted an application you will be notified via email by May 17, 2019 on the status of your application. 

Additional fellowships are available to contract attorneys; if you are interested in a contract attorney fellowship, contact your regional defender at IDS.

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been set aside from Sunday, July 7 through Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a rate of $80 plus tax. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To reserve a room online please click the link Defender Trial School 2019. To reserve a room by phone call the hotel at 919-489-7555 and provide the name "Defender Trial School". To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than June 24, 2019.

General29.75 hrs
Total29.75 hrs
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Kate Jennings

Program Manager, Courts Group
Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government