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2024 Course Calendar

2024 Courses

Trial Skills Foundation - 2024

Post Oak Resort

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mar 13th-17th, 2024

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Led by an experienced faculty team, TLC's Trial Skills Foundation course gives you a peaceful and secluded environment in which to reflect, take time for yourself, learn about yourself, and build new relationships with trial lawyers from across the country, providing the support and network for greater satisfaction and more resounding courtroom successes.

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SoCal Regional Course 2024

UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge

Lake Arrowhead, California

Apr 11th-14th, 2024

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Embark on a journey of self-discovery and improve your courtroom credibility and jury selection capabilities at the Trial Lawyers College SoCal Regional Course from April 11-14, 2024, at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge, 40 minutes from the Ontario Airport. This course is your opportunity to learn and practice the TLC Method of Voir Dire - a vital skill that will set the courtroom stage for all of your future trials.

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Staff Training 2024

Glorieta Adventure Camp

Glorieta, New Mexico

May 4th-11th, 2024

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Calling TLC Faculty Members! Join us in Glorieta, New Mexico for staff Training this year. All Faculty are invited but those with 4 years or less experience are a priority and should make every effort to attend. This specialized training will not only teach TLC trial skills but also critical ethics issues so TLC courses will continue to be the most advanced and successful across the US.

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Three Week College - 2024 Course

United World College

Montezuma, New Mexico

Jun 1st-23rd, 2024

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Join the original Trial Lawyers College for its annual flagship three-week college held from June 1-23, 2024 at the United World College Campus in Montezuma, NM. From start to finish, this comprehensive course dissects courtroom procedures with painstaking detail to provide hands-on tools toward achieving justice for your clients. Seats are limited. Students are accepted based on a rigorous application process which includes an 850 word essay on why you want to attend the original Trial Lawyers College, founded in 1994. Application deadline: April 14, 2024 Acceptance notification: April 25, 2024

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Texas Regional Course - Houston - 2024

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas

Jul 18th-21st, 2024

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Are you passionate about defending your clients? You will not want to miss our Texas Regional Course where you will learn how to conduct a powerful Cross-Examination. The TLC Methods of Cross-Exam will teach you to tell the story of your case, but this time the lawyer becomes the principle storyteller. Our teaching goes beyond the old method of the “controlled cross.” Here we learn how to examine the motivations and forces that compel the witness’ testimony, often giving ourselves the rare opportunity to transform a witness against us into a witness for us.

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In Defense of the Damned - 2024

Round Top Festival Institute

Round Top, Texas

Sep 7th-14th, 2024

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This week-long TLC course at the Festival Institute in Roundtop, TX from Sept. 7-14, 2024, will equip you with the critical skills you need for all phases of your most difficult trials, where everything is on the line for LIFE, DEATH AND FREEDOM.

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Graduate Course II - 2024

YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park, Colorado

Sep 21st-28th, 2024

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Graduate Course II is the perfect course for you if you are a TLC graduate who wants to take your trial skills to the next level, learn how to craft and present compelling stories that can win over any jury, and join a community of passionate and creative trial lawyers who are committed to justice.

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Discover The Secrets of Phenomenal Trial Results

Courses at the Trial Lawyers College are like no other CLE.  All are taught by a volunteer lawyer faculty who have all graduated from the College and who collectively have hundreds of years of experience using the TLC methods to obtain phenomenal results for their clients both in Civil Plaintiff cases and Criminal Defense.  Supported by TLC-trained licensed psychodramatists and experts in Communication Arts, each course provides hands-on tools to help achieve justice for your clients.   Participants work in small groups, on their feet, three sessions per day.  Students work on their own cases and must come prepared to work.

Each weekend or week-long program throughout the year and at venues across the country will focus on a targeted trial skill or skills and with a special focus:  a Seminar for Women Trial Lawyers, Finding the Courage to Ask for the Money in Plaintiff cases, Trial-skill specific weekend courses, and programs specially designed for graduates of the College.  Every course begins with psychodrama .  Every course teaches at least one trial skill.  Every course teaches that trial skills in each phase of your trials are only part of being a force in the courtroom. The trial lawyer’s true  power originates from within.  At every TLC program, students have the opportunity to rediscover their inner voice and build the confidence to try their cases with all of the love and compassion and credibility that their clients deserve.


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3-week College

The three-week college is TLC’s flagship course. Scheduled for June 1st, 2024 at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico, from start to finish, this comprehensive program dissects courtroom procedures with painstaking detail to provide hands-on tools toward achieving justice for your clients.

Trial skills are only part of being a force in the courtroom. The trial lawyer’s power originates from within. Knowledge of oneself gives the lawyer the capability to know others and to connect with each person in the courtroom including the witnesses, the judge, and the jurors. The power of TLC’s methods come alive through creative, spontaneous, outside-the-box innovations that capture juries and move them to justice.

This three-week college is led by a team of TLC-trained and experienced trial lawyers, certified and licensed psychodramatists, and communication experts who work with students, in small groups, on their own cases. This course is not about listening to lectures, or hearing about how an instructor would try your case – this course is about helping the students to find their own voice so they can try their cases with their own integrity and credibility.

Come join us. Learn how to win your cases with TLC’s methods. Meet new trial lawyers who will become life-long friends. Become reacquainted with the person you were before you started law school – before the system wore you down. Connect with a tribe of trial lawyers who want nothing more than to win justice for those who are lost, forgotten, injured and damned.

The next 3-Week College is now open for applicants, and will be held at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico.


What People Are Saying About
The 3-Week College

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Todd Hollis shares his incredible journey at Trial Lawyers College

"It's been a great experience being here and seeing all the wonderful staff and camaraderie that you share with the other students from all over the country."

Meet Sarah Mather, an attorney practicing in Connecticut, currently immersed in the three-week Trial Lawyers College program.

"I knew that this was a place where I could learn how to storytel; I experienced psychodramas and reenactments, And now I see the magic in it, and I can't wait to go home and start working with my clients."

Meet Rafe Foreman, currently at Montezuma's Castle in Montezuma, New Mexico, during the second week of the three-week Trial Lawyers College program.

"TLC allows us a window into our soul that may have been closed. And when we go and peer into that window of our soul, and we honor and recall the experiences we've had in our life, change occurs."

Meet Matt from Iowa, who is wrapping up an incredible three-week journey at the Trial Lawyers College.

"Learning how to try a case and learning from people that have gone through it and are some of the best in the field is really important. And then that's exactly the opportunity I've had here now at TLC for three weeks."

Attending the three-week Trial Lawyers College in Montezuma, New Mexico, Linda Tran is experiencing something extraordinary.

"TLC has many attorneys to give you the best opinions and their experiences. It's been a life-changing journey like no other Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event."

Ethan Hargreaves, a dedicated attorney from Chattanooga, Tennessee, embarked on an inspiring journey at the Trial Lawyers College (TLC).

"I got a little sense of what it could be like if I could truly see my clients' perspective and tell that story from a genuine place. And so that's why I came, and I was not disappointed."

7-Step Certification Program

The 7-Step Certification Program offered by the Trial Lawyers College provides an alternative pathway for lawyers to graduate without attending the traditional three-week College. To qualify for this program, participants must attend seven seminars within a span of five years, with the Trial Skills Foundation Seminar being one of the first three seminars attended. Following the third seminar, interested individuals can notify the Registrar and submit an 850-word essay for review by the Executive Director and select members of the TLC Board of Directors. The program maintains rigorous acceptance criteria, similar to the three-week course, but offers participants the flexibility of completing their training within a longer timeframe.

Established in 2006, the 7-Step Certification Program has seen more than 55 lawyers graduate from its ranks, compared to over 2000 lawyers who have completed the three-week course since the inception of the Trial Lawyers College in 1994. Each seminar within the program focuses on teaching specific trial skills, ranging from discovering the story and conducting voir dire to delivering powerful opening statements, effective direct and cross examinations, and compelling closing arguments. Additionally, participants have the option to choose from a selection of eight-day seminars tailored to different legal specializations and two graduate seminars that delve into the creative aspects of courtroom presentation and case structuring.

By providing an alternative pathway to graduation, the 7-Step Certification Program accommodates lawyers seeking a flexible training schedule while upholding the College's commitment to developing exceptional trial lawyers who are dedicated to the pursuit of justice.

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