This is a live, in-person Law of Self Defense LEVEL 2 Class presented by Attorney Andrew Branca, being held in Anew Orleans, LA on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This class is being graciously hosted by Nolatac Firearms Training.
The Law of Self-Defense LEVEL 2 Class provides an in-depth and comprehensive legal education on the Louisiana-specific case law (court decisions) governing self-defense, presented by a nationally recognized legal expert in the field. The classes are in-person and conducted by Attorney Andrew Branca.
The LEVEL 2 Class builds upon the Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class, which is a mandatory pre-requisite (see below for information on waiving this requirement). The LEVEL 1 Class provides a full-day education on the general legal principles governing the lawful use of force in defense of self, others, and property, illustrated at a high level with the relevant statutes, jury instructions, and case law of the state in which the class is held. There is insufficient time in a single day, however, to cover all that material as well as to dive deeply into the self-defense court decisions for that state,.
That’s where the LEVEL 2 Class comes in.
In the LEVEL 2 Class we take selected use-of-force court decisions and examine them in detail. This is essential to fully understanding the actual law of self-defense in any state, because it is in the court decisions that “the rubber meets the road” and the law is truly defined. Statutory language is important to know, but statutes don’t have any power by themselves; they only have power when they are interpreted and applied by courts to real people in real self-defense cases. That happens in the court decisions we examine in the LEVEL 2 Class.
The LEVEL 2 Class is approximately a half-day in duration and consists of the following modules:
Overview of the Appellate Courts in the Context of Use-of-Force Law
This module provides the student with an understanding of the self-defense court process, where these controlling court decisions take place, how cases get there, and how these courts arrive at their legal conclusions.
Five Principles of the Law of Self-Defense
This module provides a quick overview and refresher on the five elements of a self-defense claim, because it is these five elements that will ultimately determine the court’s decision. This brief review is intended to bring up to speed students who have already attended the full-day Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class. It is not, however, sufficient for people who have not attended the LEVEL 1 Class. It is for this reason that the LEVEL 1 Class is a mandatory pre-requisite for the LEVEL 2 Class. (If you have reason to believe that you already possess a sufficient legal background on use-of-force law to have the LEVEL 1 Class requirement waived, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that such waivers are extremely rare, however.)
Appellate Case Law on Use-of-Force Justification
This module forms the bulk of the LEVEL 2 Class. Here we take a list of approximately 10 of the most important use-of-force court decisions in the relevant state, and break them down in detail. We examine the parties involved, what they did (and didn’t do), how the courts perceived the facts of the case, what legal arguments were made by the prosecution and defense, what law the appellate court applied to the case, and how they arrived at their final decision. We will examine both the majority decision as well as any dissenting decisions, where appropriate.
We often describe the LEVEL 1 Class as a law school-level education on use-of-force law, and we are routinely told by lawyers taking the class for Continuing Legal Education purposes that it is the best CLE class they have ever attended. In that context, the LEVEL 2 Class can be thought of as a graduate-level education above and beyond the LEVEL 1 Class.
Cost to register for class is $199.99. The registration ticket form is on the right side 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.)
Law of Self Defense Simulator Module
NEW: We are adding an OPTIONAL Law of Self Defense Simulator Module to this LEVEL 2 Class. Immediately after completion of the LEVEL 2 Class, 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. 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. OBSERVATION IS NOT PERMITTED UNLESS YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR THE SIMULATOR MODULE.
You can pre-pay for the Law of Self Defense Simulator 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!
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 classes are considered an essential self-defense law resource by many judges, lawyers, and Federal and local law enforcement.
THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL CLASS. THIS CLASS DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF LEGAL ADVICE, CONSULT COMPETENT LEGAL COUNSEL IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. ATTORNEY ANDREW BRANCA IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW ONLY IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.
ABOUT ATTORNEY ANDREW F. BRANCA
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 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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Law of Self Defense Training Partner: Personal Defense Network
Law of Self Defense does not conduct live-fire or other defensive force classes. We do, however, have personal experience with many of the industry’s leading defensive force instructors for whom we can provide a personal recommendation, and with whom we often partner for cross-promotional purposes.
Law of Self Defense is a proud partner of the Personal Defense Network (PDN), which brings together the insight and training expertise of the best instructors in the industry, and has become the go-to resource for conscientious civilians, law enforcement personnel and military operators interested in defending every aspect of their lives. PDN contributors are a hand-picked group, representing all facets of personal defense, so you will have the best the web has to offer, all in one destination.
We encourage you to take a look at the Personal Defense Network for your self-defense training needs. You can learn more about PDN and see it’s schedule of upcoming classes by clicking here.