Continuing Legal Education | The American Association For Justice

Continuing Legal Education

AAJ’s education programs are more than CLE. We offer cutting-edge legal training taught by the best trial lawyers in the country. Engage with litigation leaders at seminars, practice advanced trial advocacy techniques at colleges, and test your case with pre-screened focus groups. 

Upcoming Education Programs

Build your network

Classroom learning is only part of the winning equation. Our programs offer the opportunity to build a national network of like-minded trial lawyers. The majority of AAJ Education's programs are open only to AAJ members and provide a secure, confidential environment.

Learn by doing

AAJ Education is dedicated to enhancing the practice of plaintiff law, one trial lawyer at a time. Our trial skills colleges give you the opportunity to practice advanced techniques in a constructive learning environment.

A year’s worth of CLE credits

AAJ provides two opportunities—the Annual and Winter Conventions—to gain a national perspective on trial advocacy and enhance your legal knowledge on substantive topics. At both conventions, there is the potential to earn up to a year's worth of CLE, including ethics credits, in just four days.

Learn without leaving your desk

When your schedule doesn't allow time to travel to a college or seminar, take advantage of webinars on emerging topics in litigation or view our recorded seminars and convention programs in high-quality audio and video.

Share your knowledge

Interested in contributing your words of wisdom to a particular legal topic or trial skill? AAJ is always looking for new speakers for the many Education programs it holds throughout the year.

Upcoming Education Programs

February 28, 2019

Engaging visuals were essential to the recent $123 million verdict for victims and surviving families of those involved in the 2015 Ride the Duck Aurora bridge crash. Karen Koehler, a lead attorney on the case, will discuss key visual tools used to engage the jury over the course of the four-month trial and share strategies to successfully employ visuals in your next trial. 

Registration Fees: $179 for AAJ Members | $65 for additional AAJ Member observers on the same computer

Members of AAJ's Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section save $50 on registration! Use promo code MVBOAT at checkout or call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 to take advantage of this special offer.

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February 28, 2019 to March 1, 2019

Faculty will dissect common defenses related to brachial plexus injuries and identify best practices for approaching cases involving shoulder dystocia and related injuries. Topics to be addressed during this intensive program include the science behind these injuries, risk factors, maneuvers, the role traction plays in injuries, and informed consent.

Registration Fees: $1,495 for AAJ Members

Members of AAJ's Birth Trauma Litigation Group save $100 on registration! Use promo code BPIDC100 at checkout or call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 to take advantage of this special offer.

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March 7, 2019 to March 9, 2019

Opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, and closing arguments are key trial skills, but are rarely effectively covered in law schools. AAJ Education's Trial Advocacy College: Essentials of Civil Litigation focuses on foundational skills through interactive workshops where faculty provide guidance and instant feedback. Learn the critical skills you'll need to excel throughout your career in this intensive program, where you'll work with experienced trial lawyers and consultants.

Registration Fees:
$1,095 for AAJ Members
​$1,295 for Non-member Plaintiff Attorneys

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March 16, 2019 to March 20, 2019

With the inaugural program held at Harvard University in 1990, ATLA's Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course®: The Art of Persuasion was the first of its kind to train trial lawyers in advanced communication skills and trial strategies. Using more than 25 years of ATLA/AAJ research, ATLA's Ultimate remains the national gold standard of trial advocacy programs. The rigorous 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. You will be divided into groups based on factors such as years in practice, experience, and location of your firm, allowing you to work with colleagues of a similar skill and experience level. Only experienced trial lawyers with five or more jury trials are admitted to this program.

Registration Fees: 
AAJ Members: $2,545

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March 28, 2019

The skills and knowledge necessary to approach a deposition can provide challenging barriers for attorneys. This seminar will dive into the key components of planning and taking a deposition. Topics include developing a discovery plan, structuring the deposition of a difficult witness and witness deposition preparation. This program is open only to members of AAJ’s Minority Caucus.

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