Trial Academy

Faculty Sponsor: Professor Paul Stancil


The BYU Law Trial Academy is an intensive trial training program offering participants world-class instruction in basic trial skills including opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, closing statements, and the ethics of trial. The 2023 Trial Academy will be held in the Dallas offices of Kirkland & Ellis, and students will receive instruction from senior trial attorneys from a variety of trial practice backgrounds. Instruction will include large-group sessions, small-group mentoring, and video analysis. Students will work together in two-person teams, and will try a mock case at the end of the week as a capstone experience.

A Word from Our Firm Sponsor:

Kirkland is renowned for our success in handling complex litigation, including trials, arbitrations and appeals. Our consistent trial results have been recognized and commended by The American Lawyer, Chambers & Partners, Benchmark Litigation, The National Law Journal and many other industry-leading publications. Our clients trust us to try their most significant disputes to verdict, and we believe our win-loss record at trial is unparalleled. While most cases settle before trial, our commitment to early trial preparation and trial readiness often produces more favorable pre-trial rulings and settlements. Few firms show a litigation adversary the same willingness and capability to take a case to verdict. Clients rely on our strength in litigation, even turning to us on the eve of trials — knowing we have a long track record of integrating our attorneys seamlessly with existing teams from other firms. Kirkland’s approach also promotes focused engagement on the key issues and defenses, promoting cost- and time-efficiencies for clients.