Achievement Recognition Program | The American Association For Justice

Achievement Recognition Program

The National College of Advocacy's Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) acknowledges AAJ attorney members for their participation in AAJ continuing legal education programs. The goal of this program is to build and develop professional knowledge through a continuing commitment to improving members' trial skills and understanding of substantive law. 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. ARP is distinct from AAJ's Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy Program. To learn more about AAJ’s Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy program, please click here.

How do I earn credits toward this program?

Attending an AAJ Education trial skills college, seminar, webinar, or convention qualifies you to submit your credits to apply toward this program. (Self-study credits are excluded.)

What are the three levels of distinction, and how many credit hours do they require?

  • Advocate (30 AAJ Education credit hours)
  • Fellow (200 AAJ Education credit hours)
  • Diplomate (400 AAJ Education credit hours, including attendance at ATLA's Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course: Art of Persuasion—a program reserved for AAJ's most accomplished trial attorneys)

You will receive:

  • A certificate of achievement

Diplomates also receive:

  • Acknowledgment on our AAJ Diplomates and ASTA Awardees page
  • Annual acknowledgment in Trial magazine
  • Acknowledgment in the convention program book
  • Acknowledgment at the AAJ Annual Convention awards reception the year that you achieve Diplomate status