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The Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression. In all of its activities, the Trial Lawyers College will foster and nourish an open atmosphere of caring for people regardless of their race, age, creed, religion, national origin, physical abilities, gender or sexual orientation.

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August 15, 2019: TLC2 2018 Graduate, David Zagoria Wins Justice After Attending TLC Flagship 3-Week College

David Zagoria is a personal injury attorney from Atlanta, Georgia who attended his first TLC regional in 2016. David had been taught in his early years, that the attorneys’ job is to persuade and convince the jury – to basically twist their arms to get them to agree. So, when he attended his first TLC regional on opening statement, it was an eye-opening experience. “I thoroughly enjoyed it. For me, it was the first regional setup that got me into thinking I needed to do more of this.” David then attended his next regional on voir dire in 2017. He knew he was going in the right direction because after attending this regional, he was thirsty for the knowledge so he applied to the 3-Week College in 2018 and was accepted. Read more...

May 2, 2019: “My Time at the Ranch” Article Originally Posted in ‘The Verdict Magazine’, by 2018 Grad, Laura Shamp

After Laura graduated from the Trial Lawyers College, she left feeling different about her practice and life. “My three weeks at the Ranch changed the way I practice. It changed the way I think, and it changed the way I live. Gerry Spence says that to be a better lawyer, you must first be a better person. I think he is right.” She wanted to share her experience with other Georgia Trial Lawyers, so she worked with The Verdict, a quarterly publication by The Georgia Trial Lawyers Associations in writing a featured article in their “Technology Issue” released on March 12, 2019. Read the article here.





August 7, 2019 - Episode 50: Co-Leaders, Mel Orchard & Vicki Slater on the Restructure of TLC's Graduate-1

In this episode, I talk with the co-leaders of the newly structured Graduate-1 program, Mel Orchard & Vicki Slater. I was able to take a backseat to the first-launched program last year and it was really incredible to see how they brought the TLC Graduates out of their comfort zones with theatrical arts and music as well as trial skills. Mel & Vicki talk highly about the effectiveness of bringing creativity in as an important skill in the TLC methods and how this can relay to the jury in trial. Listen to the episode...

May 17, 2019 - Episode 49: Maryland Grad, Ian Anthony on the Disparity Between Law School and Trial Lawyers College

Ian Anthony is our guest in this episode of the Trial Lawyers College Podcast. In this episode, we talk about how TLC differs from law school and why these differences are so important for trial lawyers. Ian Anthony is a 2016 July Graduate of the Trial Lawyers College and has attended several TLC courses since. He teaches trial advocacy in Maryland, is the head coach for the College trial team, and also practices as a public defender to indigents in Howard County, Maryland. Listen In..





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2019 Courses Still Open for Registration



Discover the Story of your Case

October 24-27, 2019

Sleeping Lady, Leavenworth, WA


2020 Regionals, Courses, & Colleges

*2020 Registrations and Applications are Open!



Cross Examination

(3 Locations)

January 24-26, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Atlanta, GA

Peery Hotel, Salt lake City, UT

Seascape Resort, Monterey Bay, CA


Opening Statement

February 20-23, 2020

Mo Ranch, Hunt, TX







Cross Examination

(3 locations)

March 27-29, 2020

Drury Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, AK

Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO


Voir Dire

April 24-26, 2020

Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach, CA






Staff Training

May 16-23, 2020

Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, WY

Indigent Defense Seminar

May 29-31, 2019

Venue TBD, Tulsa, OK



Trial Skills Foundation

June 7-13, 2020

Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, WY

In Defense of the Damned

June 22-30, 2020

Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, WY


TLC-1 July College

July 10 - August 2, 2020

*Application Deadline: March 23, 2020

Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, WY





TLC's Graduate-1

August 9-16, 2020

Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, WY

TLC's Graduate-2

August 22-29, 2020

Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, WY


TLC-2 September College

September 12 - October 5, 2020

*Application Deadline: May 26, 2020

Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, WY


Closing Argument

October 22-25, 2020

Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA











Discover the Story of your Case

December 3-6, 2020

Hampton Inn Convention Center, New Orleans, LA