LEGAL BODY ARMOR WITH PLATES

In the LEVEL 2 Class we take real court decisions from your state and examine them in detail.  It is in the court decisions that “the rubber meets the road” and the law is truly defined. Statutes are important to know, but they don’t have any real power by themselves; they must be interpreted and applied by courts to real people in real self-defense cases.  Each state covered is a half day class.

CLASS AGENDA

This class is designed to engage students with real applications of their state’s laws. Participants will know how the law is applied in a deep, practical, and actionable way to situations that arise in their daily lives. 

LEVEL 1 IS A PREREQUISITE TO ATTENDING A LEVEL 2 CLASS

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BLOCK 1

OVERVIEW OF THE APPELLATE COURTS IN THE CONTEXT OF USE-OF-FORCE LAW

First 1/2 Hour

Provides an understanding of the self-defense court process, where controlling court decisions take place, how cases get there, and how courts arrive at their conclusions.

BLOCK 2

5 PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF SELF DEFENSE

Second 1/2 Hour

Provides a quick overview and refresher on the five elements of a self-defense, because a court’s decision uses these five elements. This brief review is intended as a refresher to students as well as a re-emphasis based on case law.

BLOCK 3

APPELLATE CASE LAW ON USE-OF-FORCE JUSTIFICATION

Final 2 Hours

Here we take a list of approximately 10 of the most important use-of-force court decisions in your 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, what law the appellate court applied, and how they arrived at their final decision. We will examine both the majority decision as well as any dissenting decisions, where appropriate.  We will then discuss how this impact’s the student’s decisions when using force to defend themselves.

RAVE REVIEWS

Taking Andrew Branca’s Law of Self Defense Class would be not only a good idea, but an EXCELLENT idea. I’ve known him for many years. He’s one of my graduates, and more to the point, he’s an attorney who focuses on this kind of issue with a passion. I thought his reportage from the courtroom in the Zimmerman case was the gold standard. By all means, take his course.”
Massad Ayoob, Massad Ayoob Group
I found [Andrew’s] book very useful and informative, but I found the class to be even more so. Partially because of the very specific, knowledgeable discussion of the law in my area, and also because of seeing the impact the presentation was having on the other students. There were moments during the presentation when you could feel the air getting sucked out of the room as Andrew laid out some unpleasant truths about interaction with the legal system. This was obviously new information to many in the room and the looks on their faces told the story of preconceived notions being blown to kingdom come.
Tim, Gun Nuts Media
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As a retired law enforcement officer, a life-long firearms trainer, and a practicing attorney, Andrew’s lecture in Odenton, Maryland on June 28, 2015 was both timely and well-presented. Discussions with other attendees after class told me that all were deeply impressed.

Alan Booth, Odenton, MD

The class was extremely valuable to us. Everyone who carries a gun should be in this class, it can save you a lot of problems later.

Bill L., Chillicothe, OH
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