CDTA’s Courtroom Atmosphere

CDTA’s Courtroom Atmosphere

CDTA’s Courtroom Atmosphere

The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) is a modern, 21st Century law school. We provide legal instruction with an emphasis on transforming law students into not just lawyers, but effective attorney-advocates. One way that the CDTA facilitates this unique focus on the training of attorney-advocates is how each class provides a courtroom, rather than a classroom, atmosphere because it is in a real courtroom setting.

Every class in each subject is presented by one of CDTA’s experienced professors in CDTA’s modern courtroom facilities. In fact, class sessions at CDTA typically include more than one legal scholar. These professionals interact with students as attorneys would in an actual courtroom, realistically simulating the adversarial nature of an authentic, living legal matter. This effectuates CDTA’s goal of preparing superior and competent trial advocates.

The facilities at the CDTA include:

  • A fully functioning authentic California Trial Courtroom;
  • A realistic California Appellate Courtroom; and
  • An operational Federal Courtroom.


The formal atmosphere in any of these three CDTA courtrooms enhances the experience of students and helps them assimilate sooner than those students who learn in traditional classrooms. Students use this environment to practice and refine their advocacy skills in a realistic setting.

Moot court participation is valuable for those students who plan on practicing as litigators with small to medium-sized law firms. Larger firms typically are less concerned with litigation skills because their associates will gradually gain courtroom experience as they assist more senior members of the firm. In contrast, smaller law firms need their associates to be ready, willing, able to make court appearances immediately. The experience gained in classes and moot court competitions conducted in a courtroom setting is key to our students experiencing early success as legal practitioners.

The California Desert Trial Academy has served the residents of the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley for nine years. It won’t be long before we joyously and proudly celebrate our tenth anniversary! At CDTA, The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) is a 21st Century law school tailored to meet the needs of working people. Any lawyer must study and know the law. We believe that practical experience in tandem with legal knowledge is the best road to a successful, rewarding, and prosperous legal career. At CDTA, we train, educate, and develop students to be exceptional attorneys and trial advocates. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.

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