Trojan Horse workshops have four to six students and one instructor per class. This allows time for each student to present six to eight per day. The students are given a personal story at the beginning of each session by a witness/participant. During the storytelling process the witness discovers how to become a better storyteller and the students learn how to experience an emotionally congruent story. After the story, a staff member presents a three minute re-telling of the witness’ story demonstrating how to create the space, slide in and out of roles, eliminate narrative and connect the audience to the story. Students are then asked to do the same. Fight Club, Video Review, Speed Cross are only the beginning of what makes Trojan Horse the new standard for trial skills training.
During fight club your performance is critiqued by your fellow students and the instructor with a level of honesty that the less seasoned, more sensitive participants find uncomfortable, hurtful and even painful. Those of us who know what it feels like to be rejected by a jury appreciate the hard truth, because we know it's the road to improvement, winning and maybe, GREATNESS.
Every student is required to watch their own presentation on video and critique themselves. Most lawyers have never seen themselves and how they truly look to a jury. We have found that video review, although difficult for many, is a great catalyst to breaking old, bad habits and forming new ones.
We model and remodel every skill in the workshops until the student has it because it works. We are here to practice, practice, practice, so you can build new and improved skills that are ingrained within you. Instructors provide constant feedback and techniques until you get it.
Each student assumes the role as the cross-examiner and witness of the story for 90 seconds each. Students are interrupted as necessary and proper technique is modeled as needed. They tell us that in cross examination, the attorney should be the focus and if we do it right, the witness's answers won't matter. We actually show you how to make this theory your new reality during cross.