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Certificate in Trial Consulting

Learn to apply psychology and behavioral principles in the courtroom.

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Trial Consulting Certificate Overview

In this program, you’ll learn about the theories and best practices used for persuasion in a courtroom setting. You'll explore the factors that influence jury decision-making, and discern what drives individual juror choices. You’ll also engage in research to understand the various human factors to manage undesired influences on decision-making within the courtroom. 

The certificate program is designed for professionals interested in applying psychological principles and behavioral theory to decision-making in the courtroom. It will draw upon law, psychology and marketing disciplines to explore the art of persuasion and the impact of different factors on deliberation, evidence processing, and decision-making in criminal and civil trials.


Program Highlights

Offered Online

The program is offered online giving you the flexibility to complete your coursework virtually and from a location of your choice.

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Work and study with the field’s top professionals, building your expertise in evidence-based skills to engage in trial consultation.



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Curriculum Plan

Course 1: Case Conceptualization and Presentation 

This course provides an in-depth examination of theory and practice related to theme development and case conceptualization. The course draws upon law, psychology and marketing disciplines as they apply to framing and persuasion in a courtroom setting. Witness communication and presentation are also addressed.

Course 2: Jury Dynamics and Decision-Making 

This course examines both group (jury) and individual (juror) deliberation and decision-making processes in a courtroom setting. The course explores the separate and interacting roles of cognition, bias, personality, attribution, belief, personal judgment, influence, extra-evidentiary and extralegal information, and group dynamics in the contexts of criminal and civil trials.

Course 3: Voir Dire and Jury Selection

This course provides an in-depth examination of theories, research, controversies and practices associated with empaneling juries and in predicting outcomes. The course explores pre-trial methods of managing the impact of individual factors on deliberation, evidence processing and decision-making in criminal and civil trials.


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Is this course taught online or on-campus?

The certificate program is offered online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, allowing you flexibility with your schedule.


Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes, there are private and public scholarships to help you meet the cost of your education and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.

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CSFS is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence. CSFS is a corporate partner of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and many of our advanced practice certificates are eligible for continuing education credit.


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