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This is a live, in-person OREGON-and WASHINGTON-SPECIFIC class presented by Attorney Andrew Branca in Portland, OR, being held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM. (There will be a 30 minute lunch break. You are strongly encouraged to bring a light lunch.)

(Click here for information on our LEVEL 2 Class the following day, Sunday, February 12, at the same location.)

This class covers the self-defense laws of OREGON and WASHINGTON, based on those states’ self-defense relevant statutes, jury instructions, and court decisions. Scroll down for a detailed description and syllabus of what’s covered in this LEVEL 1 Class.

This class is being graciously hosted by Threat Dynamics, a great training organization.  (Note the actual location is Sherwood OR, 30 minutes south-southwest of Portland).

Register TODAY: $159.99/person WITH THE LARS LARSON DISCOUNT! Space is limited, classes routinely sell-out. Registration in the sidebar to the right, choosing whatever options you prefer.  (If you register for more than one person, please indicate the names of the additional people in the “Notes” box at checkout.)

(Click here for information on our LEVEL 2 Class the following day, Sunday, February 12, at the same location.)

Law of Self Defense Simulator Module

NEW: We are adding an OPTIONAL Law of Self Defense Simulator Module to this class. Immediately after completion of the seminar, students who elect this option will have the opportunity to run through self-defense scenarios on a laser-based shooting simulator. Each student will run through at least one scenario. Upon completion of the scenario, Attorney Andrew Branca will conduct a self-defense law debrief of the “defender’s” use-of-force decision-making. Every student will observe every other student’s run, so all of those participating will have the opportunity to learn from each other. The scenarios will be run for at least one hour, and students may be able to do multiple runs if time allows. (We don’t yet know how long each run will take per student, nor how many students may sign up for the option.)

The Law of Self Defense Simulator Module is an optional add on, and costs an additional $79.99 per student WITH THE LARS LARSON DISCOUNT! This option is NOT available separately from the seminar; you MUST be registered for the seminar in order to participate in the Law of Self Defense Simulator module, as the legal debrief will be based upon the education received during the class.

THERE ARE ONLY 12 SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR THE SIMULATOR MODULE.  These will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis!

(Click here for information on our LEVEL 2 Class the following day, Sunday, February 12, at the same location.)

Other Class Options

OPTIONAL: CLE (+$74.99). This seminar is accredited for 4.0 hours of CLE (general) by the OR bar and 6.0 hours by the WA bars. Includes copy of presentation slides. (NOTE: If you want discrete CLE credit for both OR and WA, please indicate a quantity of “2” for this option.)

OPTIONAL: Add presentation slides (+$29.99). You may pre-order a printed-and-bound copy of the ~350-400 presentation slides (printed six-to-a-page), and have this provided to you at the start of the seminar. We strongly encourage this, as it facilitates note-taking, but it is not required. We do not bring extra copies to the seminar, so if you want a slide packet on site you must pre-order here.

NOTE: Only pre-ordered slides will contain both OR and WA self-defense law for the single price indicated above. After the seminar the slides will be available only as separate OR or WA versions, priced and sold as individual products.

OPTIONAL: Add autographed copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition” (2016) (+$24.99). Pre-ordering the book to be delivered to you at the seminar saves you 20% off standard mail ordering. Autographs are provided on-site upon request.

(Click here for information on our LEVEL 2 Class the following day, Sunday, February 12, at the same location.)

PRE-REGISTRATION and PRE-PAYMENT is REQUIRED for ALL classes. Classes routinely sell out. We do not guarantee a seat unless you have pre-registered and pre-paid. We DO often have to turn away people who simply show up without having pre-registered/paid. DON’T BE THAT GUY.

This class is an in-depth, professional-level education on the on the law of self-defense, delivered in an informal and accessible manner.  Questions are answered as long as necessary to ensure that every portion is thoroughly understood.

Through this class you will learn how self-defense laws are applied in the real world to real people in real self-defense scenarios.  This class will teach you how prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges view self-defense cases, and in particular what encourages prosecutors to bring charges and seek convictions.

Conversely, you will learn what aspects of a defensive force encounter help your defense build a compelling narrative of innocence, and how to minimize your vulnerability to prosecution and conviction.

The last hour or so of the class is devoted to helping you to build your own personal legally-sound self-defense strategy, incorporating your new understanding of self-defense law into your personal defensive tactics.  The goal:  teach how how to stay well within the bounds of the law of self-defense as possible without in any way diminishing your ability to win the physical, and as well as the legal, battle.

The class also allows for plenty of Q&A with Attorney Andrew Branca, an internationally recognized expert in American self-defense law.  His legal practice, writings, and seminars are considered an essential self-defense law resource by many judges, lawyers, and Federal and local law enforcement.



Andrew F. Branca is currently in his third decade of practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is an internationally recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States.  He has been quoted in this context by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media.  Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show The Best Defense.

Andrew is the recent winner of the 2014 UC Berkeley Law School Debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” defeating prominent law school professors and even a CNN Legal Analyst. He is also a former Guest Instructor and subject matter expert (SME) on self-defense law at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor member, an NRA Certified Instructor, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

He is a certified Continuing Legal Education (CLE) instructor on self-defense law, teaching other lawyers how to argue self-defense cases, in numerous states around the country. He was also a speaker at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting on self-defense law.

ANY QUESTIONS? Just email us at seminar@lawofselfdefense.com

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Who's Attending

13 people are attending LARS LARSON DISCOUNTED CLASS!: Oregon & Washington

  • Robert Molitor
  • David Kidd
  • Stephen Norton
  • Steve Valenta
  • John Sanders