Campbell Law to offer Trial Advocacy for Lawyers CLE on Oct. 9-11

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RALEIGH – Campbell Law School is offering a three-day Trial Advocacy for Lawyers CLE on Oct. 9-11, 2024, for attorneys who are seeking to aquire or hone trial advocacy skills. In addition to class instruction, attorneys receive feedback during performance sessions.

This course, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, includes world-class training from notable practitioners, who will teach basic trial advocacy skills from jury selection through closing statements, said Professor Chris Cox, director of Campbell Law’s Trial Advocacy Program. The cost of the program is $1,499 and has been approved for up to 18.5 hours of CLE credit from the North Carolina State Bar.

“The program’s primary objective is to provide fundamental trial advocacy training to individuals lacking prior experience or experienced litigators seeking a comprehensive refresher,” Cox explained. “The course will also offer networking opportunities with Raleigh-based practitioners.”

In addition to Cox, instructors include Campbell Law alumni Kimberly Dixon ‘15, Scott Flowers ‘03, Kimberly Miller ‘07, Judge Hoyt Tessener ‘88 and Bo Walker ’06.

Campbell Law’s Competitive Trial Advocacy Program consistently ranks among the best in the country, according to a variety of sources including preLaw Magazine. In its Winter 2024 issue, preLaw Magazine marked Campbell Law’s seventh consecutive appearance on the annual list since 2017. Campbell Law received a graded score of A again this year and is the only law school in North Carolina to make this year’s list. The complete list is available online at this link. In addition, Campbell Law is tied for sixth in the nation in the most recent final GAVEL Rankings. The GAVEL Rankings were created by Professor Jared Rosenblatt, Special Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School and faculty advisor to Hofstra’s Trial Advocacy Association. Campbell Law, which is tied with the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, is the only North Carolina law school to make the list.

“Advocacy is our hallmark,” Dean J. Rich Leonard says. “Our graduates are ready to perform and lead from the moment they pass the bar exam. Our hands-on curriculum and culture deserve recognition for the results they produce.”

Inside the classroom, Campbell Law has a tradition of training lawyers to be persuasive advocates for their respective clients. Standing behind the commitment to advocacy teaching is the premise that every lawyer will advocate for something in her or his role as an attorney-counselor.


Another contributor to the advocates’ competitive success is the G. Eugene Boyce Center of Advocacy, which was established in September 2015 with an $8 million-plus gift. The center comprises three competitive courtrooms, conference rooms and a suite of adjoining offices. More than $450,000 in start-of-the-art technology upgrades have been added to the center since it opened.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts nearly 5,000 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2024, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 15 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.