Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals: the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression.
In all of its activities, Trial Lawyers College will foster and nourish an open atmosphere of caring for people regardless of their race, age, creed, religion, national origin, physical abilities, gender or sexual orientation. We do not offer training for those lawyers who represent government, corporations or large business interests.
Chartered in 1994, TLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization led by a Board of Directors committed to providing the superior curriculum, faculty and staff that form the foundation of Trial Lawyers College™️. Our curriculum, ever evolving since our earliest days thanks to developing input from many of the country's most successful lawyers, is based primarily on psychodramatic methods – putting words and stories into action. Every TLC seminar will teach these methods to help trial lawyers recognize the emotional, beating heart of their cases, better understand themselves and their clients and the connective emotional truth vibrating within the underlying, compelling stories of their cases. Time and again this training has guided thousands of alumni to be the strongest and most effective advocate they can be in the fight for justice. Jurors feel the righteousness of the cause -- not just hear it.
TLC’s lawyer faculty consists of trial lawyers from across the nation who volunteer their time and cover their own travel expenses to teach at TLC seminars and share what they have learned and honed at the Trial Lawyers College. The faculty team includes licensed psychodramatists who are trained at TLC to work side-by-side with the lawyer faculty to teach students how to blend the psychodramatic methods and delivery skills into their trial skills; as well as communication experts and psychodramatists who teach students how to effectively present their cases in the courtroom with their own voice and style rather than attempting to mimic some other lawyer. Authenticity comes from presenting the case from the client's emotional truth and in a way that connects the experience with the hearts of the jurors.
Read "Psychodrama and the Training of Trial Lawyers: Finding the Story" Part I and Part II by Dana K Cole, from Winter's 2002's WARRIOR Magazine.