Certificate in Trial Consulting

Apply psychology and behavioral principles in the courtroom.

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Trial Consulting Certificate Overview


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In this program, students will learn about the theories and best practices used for persuasion in a courtroom setting. They’ll explore the factors that influence jury decision-making, and discern what drives individual juror choices. Students will 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.


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Certificate Highlights

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Entirely Online

The program is offered online.

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Evidence-Based Expertise

Throughout the program, you’ll work and study with the field’s top professionals, helping to build your expertise in evidence-based skills to engage in trial consultation.

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Curriculum Plan


Course 1: Case Conceptualization & 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 & 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 judgement, 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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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSFS

The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.

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