California Desert Trial Academy College of Law

California Desert Trial Academy College of Law

Educating, training, and developing extraordinary legal advocates … That’s our mission at the California Desert Trial Academy.

CDTA was founded by John Patrick Dolan and Irene Garcia Dolan after conversations with F. Lee Bailey and Gerry Spence. These powerhouse trial attorneys bemoaned the dearth of law school graduates who held the skills required to excel in the courtroom. While it is not a requirement that you become a trial attorney with your law degree from CDTA, you will be exceptionally prepared to should you wish. CDTA is the only law school in the country dedicated to trial advocacy.

We are proud to offer California State Bar Tested Courses for students wishing to become legal advocates in addition to Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit classes for those already practicing.

CDTA welcomes students for admission with two or four year degrees as well as students with at least 60 transferable credits.

All our California State Bar tested courses are uniquely taught in a real courtroom environment. Most classes are taught by two professors who are highly respected and experienced attorneys and judges.


45-290 Fargo Street, Indio, CA 92201


Contact Details

Main Phone Number 760-342-0900

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