How are applications to the 3-week course evaluated?
Applicants to the Trial Lawyers College 3-Week Course are offered admission on a competitive basis. Admission decisions are made by the TLC Board of Directors based on the strength of your application and the overall pool of applicants competing for admission. Key factors include trial experience, the 850-word essay and character references. The board is interested in learning as much as possible about your personal qualities and background, as well as your professional experience and goals. We will not consider letters/emails of recommendation or other supplemental materials such as court decisions. The board will learn everything it needs to know from your online application. Requests for financial aid are confidential and are not considered by the board. TLC administrators consider requests for financial aid after a lawyer has been recommended for admission by the board. All financial aid at TLC is need-based. All admissions decisions are made at the same time, not on a rolling basis. Decisions are made approximately two months prior to the course. Applicants will be notified via e-mail of the board’s decision (accepted, declined or placed on a waitlist). Visit the Courses page for application deadlines, notification dates and detailed course information. You can apply online by visiting Register Now.
In your application, you are asked to state any criminal convictions, list 3 (non-family) references, state any need for financial aid, and provide an essay. Please have all of this information at hand when you begin your application.
What essay questions are on the application to the 3-week course?
You will be asked the following essay questions on the application to the Trial Lawyers College 3-Week Course:
Application Tip #1: Prepare your answers offline, especially your essay. Here’s why: Technology happens. You may edit your application over multiple sessions until the deadline, but we are not responsible for unpredictable technology issues. When you copy your essay into the application, choose "paste as plain text" for optimal results. Once you click "Finish", the application is submitted to our Registrar, and cannot be edited or changed. If you do not receive a confirmation email shortly after you finish your application, please contact the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm.
Application Tip #2: Respect the word limits and check your grammar and spelling. We anticipate receiving many competitive applications so please make certain your application is thorough, well written, and within the guidelines.
Application Tip #3: Apply early. To avoid technical or any other last-minute problems, we recommend submitting your application at least 5 days prior to the deadlines, as follows: March 23: Application deadline for TLC 3-Week Course in July 2020 May 26: Application deadline for TLC 3-Week Course in September 2020
What is the 7-Step Certification Program?
The 7-Step Certification Program is an alternative way to become a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College. Instead of attending the Trial Lawyers College 3-Week Course, enrollment in the 7-Step Certification Program gives you the opportunity to complete 7 Regional Seminars and 1 Graduate Course over a five-year period. Upon completion of the program, you will graduate from the Trial Lawyers College.
How do I enroll?
It’s easy. No lengthy application is required.
You begin the process by attending a Regional Seminar and continue by attending your 2nd and 3rd Regional Seminars. We strongly encourage that our Trial Skills Foundation (formerly Psychodrama for Lawyers) course be one of your first 3 seminars because it is the foundation on which all other skills are built.
At the time your register for your 4th Regional Seminar, you will be asked to submit an 850-word essay (as you would if you were applying for the three-week College) for review by the Executive Director and select members of the TLC Board of Directors. For guidance on the essay, visit our Admission FAQ. Email your completed essay to the Registar.
All admissions decisions to the 7-Step Certification Program are made on a rolling basis. Decisions are made prior to accepting your registration for the Graduate course. Applicants will be notified via e-mail of the board’s decision (accepted or declined).
For additional questions, please e-mail Nancy@triallawyerscollege.org
What courses are required?
Over a five-year period, you must complete eight courses:
Some courses are offered as combinations of trial skills, for example Discovering the Story and Opening Statement. The Board will decide if that course may count as one or both skills for the 7-Step Certification Program. Psychodrama for Lawyers will be taught in 2020's Trial Skills Foundation.
How many lawyers have graduated from the 7-Step Certification Program?
The 7-Step Certification Program was established in 2006 and since then, more than 50 lawyers have graduated from the program. By comparison, since the Trial Lawyers College was founded in 1994, over 1500 lawyers have graduated from the 3-week course.
Which trial skills will be taught at Regional Seminars in the future?
It’s important to plan ahead because we do not offer every trial skill every year.
For the College’s current offerings, visit the Register for a Course page.
The Thunderhead Ranch is an isolated place of tranquility and it is an integral part of your experience at the Trial Lawyers College®. The TLC Board of Directors has established The Thunderhead Ranch as an Internet Free Zone. This is intended as a gift to you to ensure that you have the opportunity to fully enrich your intellect, health and relationships without the continuous distractions and interruptions that the Internet causes. The policy is not intended to be punitive. We ask you to honor our efforts to provide an environment to all that is Internet-free. Some students arrive at The Thunderhead Ranch expecting to text, check email, and make and receive phone calls on a nearly continuous basis. Please don’t expect to do this! If you have an emergency and need to use the Internet, you can contact Laurie Goodman, TLC's Executive Director, and she will make the Internet available to you. While cell phone reception and Internet access is not available on campus, it is available on the hill directly behind campus, about a 5 minute walk. Your family and colleagues can leave phone messages or fax materials to you. If you want to use a land-line at The Thunderhead Ranch to stay in touch with your family and colleagues, you may make long-distance calls from telephones in the dormitory.
Financial aid is awarded based on need only. Two types of awards are offered: scholarships and interest-free monthly payment plans. We use the information you supply on your registration form to make a scholarship decision. If you request a scholarship, the Registrar will contact you within 14 calendar days after you register for a course.
What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?
The priority deadline is 28 calendar days prior to the course. If you miss the deadline, you may or may not receive financial aid.
Will applying for financial aid hurt my chance of being admitted to a course?
No. There is no disadvantage whatsoever in the registration process for financial aid applicants. Requests for financial aid are confidential.
Will I receive the same amount of financial aid for every course I take?
No. Award amounts will vary from course to course, based on changes in your financial circumstances and the availability of funds in TLC’s Scholarship Fund.
Payment, Refund and Cancellation Policy
What is your payment, cancellation and refund policy?
The following policy applies to all accredited TLC courses. The entire balance for a TLC course is due 90 days after the start date of the course, unless other arrangements have been made with the Registrar or Financial Officer. Any registrations made within 5 days of the start of the course must be paid in full at the time of registration. Tuition payments are only transferable to another TLC course within the same calendar year or to a substitute participant for the same course.
Cancellations must be e-mailed to TLC’s Registrar, Nancy@triallawyerscollege.org and LoriS@triallawyerscollege.org
For all courses except Graduate I and Graduate II: Cancellations received at least 14 calendar days prior to the course will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 13 – 6 calendar days prior to the course will receive a 50% refund. We regret that no refunds can be made 5 calendar days or less prior to the start date of the course.
Graduate I and Graduate II Course Cancellation Policy: All students must remit a non-refundable $500 deposit at the time of registration to hold their space in the course. After that, the traditional cancellation policy applies.
2020 Staff Training will be held May 13-20 at the Thunderhead Ranch for current and invited TLC staff. Plan to arrive by 6pm on May 13 for dinner; the course will end at 5pm on May 20.
Please contact Laurie Goodman (LaurieG@triallawyerscollege.org) for more information.