Traditional TAP

Since its inception in 1978, Traditional TAP (t-TAP) has trained hundreds of lawyers on how to try a case. TAP Attorneys have served as volunteer prosecutors in prosecutorial agencies throughout the State of California. t-TAP is designed for attorneys of all experience levels, from seasoned trial attorneys to novices. Applicants for this program must have at least one year of legal experience or have participated in Introductory TAP to be considered for the program.

This is a two-part course designed to place attorneys in prosecutorial agencies as volunteer pro bono prosecutors. The first part of the program is a five-week training course. The training course is held on two nights during the week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on three Saturdays.

The training covers the pre-trial conference, jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, trial related motions such as motions to dismiss, jury instructions, closing arguments and sentencing. Attendees participate in 3 mock criminal trials and play the role of prosecutor.

Successful completion of Traditional TAP allows participants to be referred as pro bono prosecutors. TAP attorneys typically serve 4 weeks (the minimum is 3 weeks).

Participants who (1) comply with the program's strict attendance requirements, (2) demonstrate the ability to successfully prosecute criminal cases, and (3 ) pass a written ethics examination are referred to prosecutorial agencies for service as volunteer prosecutors. Participating agencies have included the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the Long Beach City Prosecutor's Office, the Inglewood City Attorney's Office, the Orange County District Attorney's Office, the Burbank City Attorney's Office, the Anaheim City Attorney's Office, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Participants receive 44 hours of MCLE credit, including 6 hours of ethics and 1 hour of elimination of bias.

Course admission is by application only. Applicants must have successfully completed the Introductory TAP (i-TAP) course or, alternatively, have at least two years of litigation experience.

Enrollment is limited to 14 people. Wait lists are common and there is no deferred admission. To apply send a resume and cover letter discussing your qualifications, interest in the project, and the extent of your trial experience. Be sure to note if you have completed other TAP courses or previously been wait listed for the course.  Applications accepted throughout the year however, spaces are limited and fill up quickly. Do not send payment with your application. Send application attn: TAP Administrator, P O Box 55020, Los Angeles, CA 90055-2020. 

Written course materials will be distributed via e-mail prior to the first class. Please make sure we have your correct e-mail address at the time of registration.

To apply for Traditional TAP (t-TAP)
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to:
TAP Administrator
1055 West 7th Street, Ste 2700
Los Angeles, CA, 90017-2577
Applications are accepted all year long. Rolling admissions begin July 1.


Or send an email to:

Prerequisites for course admission are either completion of Introductory TAP (i-TAP) or one year of legal experience.

Traditional TAP (t-TAP)
$2,295 for LACBA members
$2,595 for all others

For questions on Traditional TAP (t-TAP), please contact the TAP administrator at

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