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 23, 2017

Help your clients get the damages they deserve by building your case right from the intake. Learn the essentials for case evaluation, investigating and preserving evidence, and working with expert witnesses in premises liability cases.  

Co-presented with the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section!

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

Members of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and 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 2, 2017

The Stockert™ 3T Heater-Cooler System, formerly referred to as the Sorin Heater-Cooler System, is used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during cardioplegic surgeries. This device has been linked to nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections as a result of contaminated water forced through the system. Join us to learn more about this dangerous product, whether you should get involved in this litigation, and, if you do, how to best represent your clients injured by this device.

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

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March 7, 2017

Join AAJ Education to learn innovative approaches to marketing yourself as a minority attorney. Hear from Minority Caucus leaders Trudy Fenster, Frank Rodriguez, and Tad Thomas as they explore the importance of overcoming bias; becoming active in your community; building strong, resilient relationships; and common marketing pitfalls to avoid.

Co-presented with the Minority Caucus!

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

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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: $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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