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REQUIRED: Registration: LEVEL 1 CLASS (ER): SD 180203$199.99 $149.99The options below are offered only to those people who register for the seminar. (NOTE: Price increases to $199.99 on January 4!)
12 available
OPTIONAL: Law of Self Defense Simulation Module 180203$99.99Entitles the student to 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. ONLY 12 SLOTS AVAILABLE!
OPTIONAL: Add presentation slides 180203$29.99HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This is a printed-and-bound copy of the ~400 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. (Must be ordered by Jan. 30.)
OPTIONAL: Add book: Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition 180203$30.99 $24.99Published 2016. Pre-ordering the book for delivery at the seminar saves ~25% relative to the normal cost. Autographs will be provided on site upon request. (Must be ordered by Jan. 30.)
OPTIONAL: Add CLE, 6.0 hrs general 180203$99.99This seminar is accredited for 6.0 hours (general) by the SD bar. (THIS INCLUDES A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION SLIDES.)

This is a live, in-person Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class presented by Attorney Andrew Branca, being held in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, February 3, 2017, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  

Register at DISCOUNTED EARLY REGISTRATION PRICE TODAY: $149.99/person. Price increases to $199.99/person on January 4, 2018. The registration ticket form is on the top of this page. (If you register for more than one person, please indicate the names of the additional people in the “Notes” box at checkout.)

Click here if you are ALSO interested in our Law of Self Defense LEVEL 2 Class: SD on the following day, Sunday, February 4. 

This class covers the self-defense laws of SOUTH DAKOTA, 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.

Law of Self Defense Simulator Module 

NEW: We are adding an OPTIONAL Law of Self Defense Simulator Module to this class.  Law of Self Defense has partnered with Ti Simulations to bring you this unique opportunity, combining the advanced simulation technology of the Ti platform and the legal insight and analysis of Attorney Andrew Branca.

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 $99.99 per student. This option is NOT available separately from the LEVEL 1 Class; you MUST be registered for this LEVEL 1 Class or be a graduate of a prior LEVEL 1 Class in order to participate in the Law of Self Defense Simulator Module, as the legal debrief will be based upon the education received through the LEVEL 1 Class.

If you wish to participate in the optional Law of Self Defense Simulator Module you must pre-pay in the sidebar to the right. THERE ARE ONLY 12 SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR THE SIMULATOR MODULE.  These will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis!  Only those who have paid to enroll in the Simulator Module will be permitted to participate in OR OBSERVE this module.  The Simulator Module runs immediately after the day’s LEVEL 1 Class, and should be wrapped up no later than 6pm.

Other Seminar Options

Once you’ve indicated your registration in the ticket form below, 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.

OPTIONAL: CLE (+$99.99). This class is accredited for 6.0 hours of CLE (general) by the SD bar. (THIS INCLUDES A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION SLIDES, a $29.99 value.)

OPTIONAL: Add presentation slides (+$29.99). You may pre-order a printed-and-bound copy of the >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.

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.

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 seminar 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.

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



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.

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