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REGISTRATION: CLASS ONLY (ER) (10/28/17)$199.99 $149.99Class only, no materials. (NOTE: Price increases to $199.99 on September 28!)
REGISTRATION: CLASS & MATERIALS (ER) (10/28/17)$234.99 $184.99This registration option both registers you for the class, and includes both the presentation slides, and an autographed copy of "The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition." This option saves you about $20 off the cost of buying each separately. (NOTE: Price increases to $234.99 on September 28!)
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OPTIONAL: Simulator Module (10/28/17)$99.99ONLY 12 SLOTS! Entitles the student to at least one run through a self-defense simulator, followed by immediate legal debrief of the student's use-of-force decision making. All participating students also observe every other participant's run and debrief. NOTE: Only those who have paid for this module may attend or observe simulations!
OPTIONAL: Printed seminar slides (10/28/17)$29.99This is a printed-and-bound copy of the ~350 presentation slides, printed six-to-a-page. These are recommended to facilitate note-taking, and if pre-ordered here they will be handed out at the seminar. NOTE: The LAST DAY to order these is Wednesday, October 25, as they must be produced before we travel to the seminar.
OPTIONAL: Continuing Legal Education (CLE) (10/28/17)$129.99This seminar is accredited for 6.00 hours (general) by the IL bar. INCLUDES COPY OF PRESENTATION SLIDES.
OPTIONAL: "Law of Self Defense, 3rd Ed." (10/28/17)$31.99 $24.99Published 2016. Pre-ordering "The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition" for delivery at the seminar saves ~25% relative to the normal cost. Autographs will be provided on site upon request. (Must be ordered by October 25!)


Click here if you are also interested in our Law of Self Defense LEVEL 2 Class on Sunday, October 29, at this same location. 


This is a live, in-person ILLINOIS-specific LEVEL 1 Class presented by Attorney Andrew Branca being held a Illinois Public Safety Training Group in Chicago (Crestwood) IL on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM. (There will be a 30 minute lunch break; you are strongly encouraged to bring a light lunch.)

IMPORTANT: We provide a 25% early-registration discount, saving you $50, when you register more than 30 days prior to the class–for this class, that’s before SEPTEMBER 28.

Also, in order to keep costs as low as possible, we offer the option of registering for the class alone, without also having to purchase the optional class materials (presentation slides and book). For those of you who would prefer a single price for both the class and materials (slides & book), however, you can save 10% (about $20) by selecting the CLASS & MATERIALS option above. Note that the simulator module and CLE remain separate options, either way!

Alternatively, you can register for the class and either forgo the materials, or pay separately for whatever of the materials you prefer.

This class covers the self-defense laws of ILLINOIS, based on that state’s 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.

Once you’ve indicated your registration in the ticket form above, there are several additional options you may consider, each of which may also be selected in the ticket form at the bottom of this page.

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 class, students who elect this option will have the opportunity to run through self-defense scenarios on Nashville Armory’s high-end Ti 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 $99.99 per student. This option is NOT available separately from the class; you MUST be registered for the class 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. NOTE: Only those enrolled in the simulator may observe this module.

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

Click here if you are also interested in our Law of Self Defense LEVEL 2 Class on Sunday, October 29, at this same location. 

Other Options

OPTIONAL: Add 6.0 hours IL CLE (+$129.99). IL attorneys are be eligible for ~6.0 credit hours of general CLE. (THIS INCLUDES A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION SLIDES.)

OPTIONAL: Add presentation slides (+$29.99). THESE SLIDES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! It is very difficult to take notes as quickly as Andrew speaks in class! You may pre-order a printed-and-bound copy of the presentation slides, and have this provided to you at the start of the class.

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 class saves you ~25% off standard mail ordering. Autographs are provided on-site upon request.

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.

Click here if you are also interested in our Law of Self Defense LEVEL 2 Class on Sunday, October 29, at this same location. 

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 classes are considered an essential self-defense law resource by many judges, lawyers, and Federal and local law enforcement.

A detailed syllabus and many reviews of past classes  can be viewed at the Law of Self Defense Classes page.





Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States.

Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online.

Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board.

In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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

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Who's Attending

10 people are attending Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class: IL (10/28/17)

  • Dawn Waters
  • Dean Francis
  • Dean Kirkton
  • Jeffrey Shuck
  • Joseph Dauven