What Are the Different Types of Live Programs?
Seminars are one-, two-, or three-day in-person programs geared toward specific practice areas and new developments in the law. The most practical, current, and valuable information is offered with faculties comprising a blend of trial lawyers and experts, including medical and other professionals with experience in the subject matter.
Trial Skills Colleges
Colleges are three-, four-, or five-day concentrated programs that combine lectures, demonstrations, and workshops where you practice your skills in a protected and secure environment with intensive feedback from nationally known trial lawyers and trial consultants. All trial skills college workshops are videotaped for you to take home. Even after the program, you can use your videotapes to continue to refine your style and become more confident, powerful, and persuasive in the courtroom.
ATLA's Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course: Art of Persuasion
With the inaugural program held at Harvard University in 1990, ATLA's Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course: Art of Persuasion was the first of its kind to train trial lawyers in advanced communication skills and trial strategies. Using more than 20 years of ATLA/AAJ research, ATLA's Ultimate remains the national gold standard of trial advocacy programs. The intense five-day program delivers the ultimate strategies for jury selection, voir dire, trial psychology, and courtroom communications. It includes a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by a faculty of seasoned trial lawyers with nationally recognized trial consultants and communications experts. Only experienced trial lawyers with more than five jury trials are admitted to the program.
This in-depth program takes attendees’ active case through six critical workshops and three group sessions to help you define their case strategies. The hands-on format provides constant attention to each wrongful death or catastrophic injury case. Highly experienced trial lawyers guide and coach program participants to map out their litigation plan. At the end of the program, each trial team gas actionable items—not just concepts—that are fully developed with the faculty and ready to be put into motion.
Case Plus: Focus Groups for Plaintiffs’ Cases
This program provides an exclusive opportunity to develop and test a trial story for one of your pending cases. Case Plus offers members the opportunity to present a case they are working on to three separate focus groups and to work one-on-one with AAJ Education’s most experienced and dedicated faculty of trial lawyers. The tools and techniques of the Case Workshop and Overcoming Juror Bias programs are the foundation—building blocks for a faculty of unmatched caliber, experience, and teaching ability. Invitations are extended only to members who have previously attended a Case Workshop Program or an Overcoming Juror Bias college or seminar. And, attendance is limited to 16 full participants who may bring a trial team member at no cost.
AAJ holds two conventions each year: an Annual Convention in the summer and a Winter Convention. AAJ Conventions feature CLE programs focusing on trial skills and substantive areas of law. Two concurrent half-day programs are presented each day of winter convention. Up to 50 programs are presented at annual conventions, including the Advocacy Track and programs planned by most Sections and many Litigation Groups and Committees in conjunction with AAJ Education. Every convention also includes Litigation at Sunrise, a popular early morning program featuring new, unusual, and groundbreaking litigation issues. AAJ Conventions are open to AAJ Regular, Sustaining, Life, and President's Club members, as well as AAJ Judicial Fellows, Paralegal Affiliates, and Law Professor and Law Student Members. AAJ Associate members are ineligible to attend the convention.
AAJ Recognize Excellence in Education
AAJ's Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) acknowledges AAJ attorney members for their participation in AAJ continuing legal education programs. Active participation in this program provides recognition for dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm to pursue legal education by awarding members the distinction of Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate. The Achievement Recognition Program contributes to AAJ members' ability to best serve their clients. Click here to learn more about ARP.
AAJ's Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA) program offers a comprehensive curriculum encompassing the skills and experience deemed by The National College of Advocacy and AAJ to be essential to a well-rounded legal training and a successful trial practice. Participants manage their own training agenda by combining selected trial skills courses with specialized substantive courses. Click here to learn more about ASTA.
Unable to attend these live programs? AAJ also offers several convenience learning options.
AAJ Education’s live, in-person seminars, trial skills colleges, and conventions are the best source anywhere of CLE for plaintiff trial lawyers.
Unfortunately, busy schedules do not always allow the investment and expense of national travel. Luckily, that does not mean you have to compromise your professional education.
Even the busiest lawyers can now gain top-tier national CLE without leaving the office. Please check out the following Convenience Learning opportunities: