General Course Information


For All Courses


Several articles are offered as supporting reading materials for your course. While not required to read prior to the course, they are helpful. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials here:

Applicant Qualifications

The applicant must be a member of their State Bar in good standing. They must also be a plaintiff's lawyer, public defender, or a criminal defense lawyer. TLC does not offer training to attorneys who are an employee of a corporation, insurance firm, or of the federal government (other than legal services or public defenders). Paralegals from qualifying law firms are eligible to attend the Trial Skills Foundation course only.

Refunds & Cancellations

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 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:

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 days or less prior to the start date of the course.

Graduate I and Graduate II Course Cancellation Policy: As of 2019, both these courses will be by application, rather than by registration. Upon acceptance by TLC, all students must remit a $500 deposit at the time of submitting the application and is refundable only 60+ days prior to the course. Refunds will not be made for cancellations to Grad 1 or 2 within 59 days or less of the commencement of the program. 


Ranch Courses

The Thunderhead Ranch offers an opportunity to step back and take a break from your busy life and also reconnect with the land and yourself. Located 20 miles east of Dubois, WY and 100 miles east of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park, the Thunderhead Ranch is surrounded by Wyoming's Absaroka and Wind River mountains. With the East Fork River flowing through the ranch, the TLC campus includes dormitories, classrooms, a cookhouse, and additional meeting rooms in our refurbished barns and other ranch buildings.

Courses offered at the Ranch include our flagship 3-Week program offered in July and September, Trial Skills Foundation, In Defense of the Damned Criminal Defense Program, and two Graduate Courses.



3 pm - 5 pm:  Registration

6 pm- 7 pm:   Dinner

7 pm - 9 pm:  Opening Session in Big Barn 


6:00 am - 8 am:        Morning Hike

7:30 am – 8:30 am:  Breakfast

9 am - 12 Noon:       Classroom Working Sessions

12 pm - 1 pm:          Lunch

1 pm - 2 pm:            Optional open 12-step meeting based on AA principles 

2 pm - 5 pm:            Classroom Working Sessions

6 pm – 7 pm:           Dinner

7 pm - 9 pm:            Classroom Working Sessions


6:00 am - 8:00 am:   Morning Hike

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast

9 am - 12 Noon:      Classroom Working Sessions

* Most Ranch courses will end by Noon on the last day of the course unless otherwise specified in the course registration confirmation email.

Ranch Basics

Orientation guide: will be sent with detailed packing information for the course you plan to attend. An online survey will be sent to collect additional information about dietary preferences, roommate requests, and emergency contacts.  

Dress: in comfort, not in style. Necessities include good walking shoes, comfortable casual clothing, outdoor and weather-appropriate outerwear. If you plan to participate in the early morning hike up Spence Mountain, bring a coat, gloves, and hat because it can be chilly, even in the summer. Check the weather before you come, and plan accordingly. If you’re a musician, bring your instrument!

Meals: served buffet-style in the Ranch Cookhouse. While the Ranch’s kitchen staff prepares a limited menu for each meal, they do their best to accommodate dietary preferences as much as possible. Unless you follow a very restrictive diet, you should be able to find plenty of options at each meal. 

Student housing: at least double-occupancy with 22 double-occupancy dorm rooms, and 3 rustic cabins housing 3-4 people each. The rooms are furnished so that each student will have a twin bed, nightstand, shelving and closet area. Each student will be sharing a room with another student (or two or three) of the same gender. The men’s and women’s restrooms and showers in the dorms are located at the end of the hallway; the cabins each have their own restrooms. We provide towels and basic bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket, bedspread), but you need to bring your own toiletries (e.g., shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, earplugs, sunscreen, insect repellent). A laundry room is available for your use and laundry soap is provided. Due to space limitations, TLC is not able to provide housing to accommodate your family or friends; nor can students stay at the Ranch before or after a course. 

Limited cell-phone and internet access: 

Due to the physical location of the Ranch, cellular phone signals do not reach the Thunderhead Ranch campus. You must drive up the county road or walk up a hill behind the campus to use your cell phone. Free long-distance service on land-lines is available in the student dormitories. 

Due to the addictive nature of the internet, and our desire to provide an environment that allows our students to reconnect with themselves and focus on their learning, the TLC Board has elected not to provide Internet access on the Ranch. Emergency access to the internet can be made available by the Executive Director.

Travel Information to Thunderhead Ranch: 

The Jackson Hole airport is the largest airport, approximately a 2-hour drive from the Ranch, and offers daily flights to and from major airports. The Riverton Regional Airport is serviced by United Airlines and Denver Air Connection, for flights through Denver, and is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from the Ranch. For some courses, Trial Lawyers College provides a complimentary shuttle service from Jackson Hole Airport to/from Thunderhead Ranch. If a course offers a free shuttle service, you will be notified in the registration confirmation email. Otherwise, you will need to rent a car, carpool, or arrange for a taxi service which costs at least $250.00/one-way.     

If you drive yourself to the Ranch, driving directions may be accessed HERE. We advise students to use these written directions, rather than following GPS as it can tend to be creative and take students on "the scenic route".


For Courses Held in Locations Other than Thunderhead Ranch

At Regional Seminars held in various locations between October and April, Trial Lawyers College brings its unique methods and programs to lawyers around the United States. Venues may last 3 or 4 days, and will be held at a downtown hotel, a remote conference center, or anything in-between. Wherever they are held, and for whatever length, TLC's qualified faculty and staff bring the same “Ranch magic” to all our courses. Specific information about each venue will be included in the orientation emails sent to registered students prior to the course start date. Our 4-day regional seminars begin on a Thursday evening and end at Noon on Sunday; our 3-day regional seminars begin on Friday morning and end at Noon on Sunday.


*Final schedule for each regional seminar will be provided in course-specific orientation email sent after registration


Friday, 7:30 am - 9 am:     Registration 



Thursday, 3 pm - 5 pm:  Registration

6 pm- 7 pm:   Dinner

7 pm - 9 pm:  Opening Session 




7:30 am - 8:30 am:     Breakfast

9 am – 12 Noon:         Classroom Working sessions

12 pm - 1 pm:             Lunch

2 pm - 5 pm:               Classroom Working Session

6 pm – 7 pm:              Dinner

7 pm - 9 pm:              Classroom Working Sessions


7:30 am – 8:30 am:   Breakfast

9 am - 12 Noon:         Classroom Working Sessions

12 pm - 1 pm:            Lunch 

1 pm - 2 pm:              Optional open 12-step AA meeting  

2 pm - 5 pm:              Classroom Working Sessions

6 pm – 7 pm:             Dinner

7 pm - 9 pm:              Classroom Working Sessions


7:30 am – 8:30 am:   Breakfast

9 am - 12 Noon:        Classroom Working Sessions

12 Noon:                   Adjourn


The course fee of $1699 includes tuition, airport shuttle service (if offered), and meals during the seminar. Housing is included at limited courses where the venue is typically more remote and with cabins. If housing is included in the tuition, rooming assignments will be double-occupancy. If housing is not included, a link to the room block will be sent to you after you register for the course.

Transportation to Regional Seminars: For some regional seminars, Trial Lawyers College provides an optional shuttle service from a nearby Airport to/from the seminar venue. If a course offers shuttle service, you will be notified in the registration confirmation email.

Casual Dress: Plan to dress in comfort, not in style. Necessities include comfortable casual clothing, and outdoor and weather-appropriate outerwear. Some venues are located in scenic outdoor locales and will require walking from building to building while others may be held in more urban areas and offer the potential for sightseeing on breaks or after the course ends.