Graduate Course II: 2022

Graduate Course II: 2022

“Do it! Having never been to an in-person event, I have no idea what I am missing. But regardless, the online version of TLC was deeply meaningful and incredibly educational, both personally and professionally. It was well worth it!”
-TLC course attendee


Graduate Course II: 2022


08/20/2022 – 08/27/2022




YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO


TLC’s Graduate Course II is an intensive, one-week program that focuses on advanced trial skills and story structure, giving students a deeper understanding of TLC methods. Designed for more experienced practitioners, Graduate Course II focuses on further development of trial skills that were introduced and taught in the three-week course.

With psychodrama as the foundation, the TLC faculty at Grad Course II will call upon your creativity to find new and innovative ways to become an inspiring force in the courtroom, as well as in your everyday practice. We also present special guests from the non-profit storytelling project The Moth, teaching students storytelling structure and skills; afterwards, students learn application of that structure to their cases.

Led by a team of experienced TLC-trained trial lawyers and TLC-trained psychodramatists [at least an 8:1 student-faculty ratio], you will continue to refine and develop your command of TLC methods by doing, not enduring endless lectures. Hands-on, small group work, in your own cases, with top TLC faculty and special guests, make these courses an absolute must for the TLC graduate.

Join us at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado for the week of August 20-27 for Graduate Course II and learn more advanced and creative ways to bring your clients’ stories to life in the courtroom to win the justice they deserve.


Estes Park Center is adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. It offers plenty of space to gather—indoor and out— with outdoor chapels, fire rings, athletic fields and amphitheaters.


All Trial Lawyers College courses are taught by graduates of the College, who volunteer their time, talents and resources to provide high-quality training not offered in any other CLE program. Because our faculty are volunteers, and are actively practicing in their respective firms, our faculty list is subject to change.
Faculty leader: Maren Chaloupka


Course will begin at 5:00pm on opening day and end by Noon on closing day. More details will be sent to registered students as the course nears. Do not make travel arrangements until you receive the confirmed agenda.


Proof of vaccination will be required for all participants (faculty & students) attending TLC’s in-person programs.

Indoor masking is required of all participants. Bring your own supply of face masks for travel and the duration of the course.

CLE Credits

CLE accreditation pending.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

“Several articles are available to read as a part of your course. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials on our website.

Registration deadline is the Monday prior to the course start date unless the course is full prior to that.

Applicant must be a member of their State Bar in good standing. 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).”

Food, Lodging & Roommates

“Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and indoor masking will be required. The course fee includes tuition, and double-occupancy hotel room and meals at the YMCA of the Rockies. You will be assigned to a room with at least one other lawyer of the same gender. Bring earplugs in case your roommate is a snorer.
Dress code: Plan to dress in comfort, not in style. For classtime, sneakers, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts and casual outfits are appropriate. The venue offers ample opportunity to experience the great outdoors, so bring weather-appropriate outerwear as well.”

Travel Information

An email will be sent to registered attendees with course information. Due to Covid protocols, there will be no TLC-arranged shuttle. Please make your own ground transportation arrangements. But do not make travel arrangements until you receive the confirmed agenda.


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.