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

January 24, 2017 to January 25, 2017

At AAJ, we only allow Plaintiff attorneys in our Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation seminars. Without defense attorneys present, our esteemed faculty members can openly discuss trial strategy, techniques, and how to defeat common defenses. Leave with the latest case strategies, and be prepared for the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hearing, plus take advantage of the networking opportunities.

Registration Fee:
AAJ Members: $695

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January 31, 2017

Deposing medical experts is critical to building your client’s personal injury case. Learn techniques to define the standard of care, establish system failures and institutional liability, maximize the impact of hypotheticals, metaphors, and analogies, and effectively impeach experts with medical literature.

Co-presented with the New Lawyers Division! 

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members: $99
Additional Members on the same computer: $65

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February 2, 2017

Would you like to work more efficiently and effectively with experts? Who better to learn from than the experts themselves? This webinar features a panel of respected products liability experts who will help you prepare for depositions, cross-examinations of defense experts, and more. Co-presented with the Products Liability Section!

Registration Fees:
AAJ Members: $179
Additional Members on the same computer: $65

Members of the Premises Liability Section save $50 on registration! Discount not available online, please call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of this special offer. 

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March 10, 2017 to March 11, 2017

Join AAJ Education for a new seminar featuring David Ball & Rick Friedman, two of the best known names in trial strategy. Joined by renowned trial attorney Chuck Zauzig and trial consultant Artemis Malekpour, David and Rick will focus on crafting a persuasive and focused damages message—a message that connects with and motivates jurors.  Learn to develop a persuasive theme that cuts through everyday static, integrate imaging and storytelling into your trial message, harness the power of listening, and strategize and face problem in your case head on.

Registration Fee:
$995 for AAJ Members

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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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