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

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December 1, 2016 to December 4, 2016

Focus groups are invaluable tools for finding the key issues and weaknesses in your case before taking it into the courtroom – but they can be time-consuming and expensive to run. AAJ Education’s Case Plus: Focus Groups for Plaintiff Cases takes the guesswork out of conducting your own focus groups. At Case Plus, you’ll not only conduct three focus groups, screened and recruited by AAJ staff specifically for your case, you’ll work with an experienced faculty member who will guide you in preparing for your focus groups, asking the right questions, and analyzing the results. And, you’ll get individual instruction in shaping your case presentation using your groups’ feedback. Plus, you can bring an additional member of your trial team at no cost!

Registration:
AAJ Members: $6,995

Registration for Case Plus is being taken by phone. Please call 800-622-1791 to register or learn more. 

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December 8, 2016

This seminar is the first of a three-part series designed to prepare the plaintiff attorney for a traumatic brain injury case from intake through trial. Part I in the TBI seminar series will focus on the science behind a TBI case. Learn from a mix of leading plaintiff attorneys and medical experts about Diffuse Tensor Imaging, its admissibility, how to bar defense experts from trial, the emerging trend of the neurometabolic cascade, and more! Co-presented by AAJ's Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, this program was designed specifically for TBI plaintiff attorneys, and it will take your knowledge of traumatic brain injuries to the next level.  

As a bonus, enjoy beautiful midtown Manhattan during its best time of year!  Make a weekend out of your stay by attending AAJ's signature Weekend with the Stars Seminar on Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10; finishing up your holiday shopping on Fifth Avenue; experiencing some of the best restaurants in the world in midtown; ice skating in Rockefeller Center; or catching the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members: $695

Members of AAJ's Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group save $50 on registration! If you attend both the Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar and Weekend with the Stars, you will save even more! Discounts not available online, please call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of these special offers.

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December 9, 2016 to December 10, 2016

The American Association for Justice's signature winter event—Weekend with the Stars—is back! Join your colleagues at the exciting Westin New York at Times Square in midtown Manhattan and hear legendary trial attorneys share their experiences and insights gained through hundreds of jury trials. This is your opportunity to get away. Take in a Broadway show, dine in midtown, and shop on Fifth Avenue, as you make the most of your time in New York during the best time of the year.  Prepare for the New Year with a fresh perspective.

Registration Fees:
$995 for AAJ Members | $1195 for nonmembers

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January 13, 2017 to January 16, 2017

Strengthen your deposition skills with top-notch AAJ faculty in New Orleans at AAJ's Advanced Depositions College. This program provides the strategies and techniques to enhance the performance of even the most experienced plaintiff trial lawyer at the deposition table.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members on or before December 9, 2016: $2155
AAJ Members after December 9, 2016: $2295

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March 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017

With the inaugural program held at Harvard University in 1990, ATLA's Ultimate 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. In 2017, the tradition of ATLA's Ultimate continues at Harvard University. 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. Through hands-on workshops in small groups, you will receive individual attention and critiques of your skills by highly experienced faculty. Your recorded workshops are yours to take home for further study. 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.

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members on or before February 3, 2017: $2,345
AAJ Members after February 3, 2017: $2,545

Only experienced trial lawyers with more than five jury trials are admitted to this program. Call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 to register.

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