Over an 8-12 week period the candidates would receive weekly study packets covering some facet of self-defense law, with appropriately state-specific statutes, jury instructions, and court decisions on the subject.
There would be an opening lecture by Attorney Branca–likely provided online, on-demand, but perhaps sometimes via telephone or video conferencing–and then the candidates would be left to read through the materials over the course of the week.
Questions/clarifications could be submitted to Attorney Branca over the course of the week, with both questions and answered shared among the candidate group (identity of the source of the question can be blinded, for those who are shy).
At the end of the week there would be some form of an examination on the material, most likely done online, which would be graded over the course of the following weekend. A passing score would “check the box” on that module for that candidate. Candidates who did not pass would get continued support on the subject.
The next week would start with a successive study packet covering the next facet of self-defense law, and so on.
In addition to the areas already familiar to many of you through our books and seminars intended for the general public–e.g., Innocence, Imminence, Proportionality, Avoidance, and Reasonableness–the course would also cover in greater depth some of the criminal law and procedures underlying self-defense law, including such sources as law review articles, etc., to provide the candidate with a deep and well-informed understanding of the these legal principles.
To put this in an academic context, we envision this certification process as being roughly the equivalent, in terms of time and effort, of a 2 to 3 credit class in law school. To further put this in a financial context, law schools currently charge $1,500-$2,000 per credit-hour, such that a class substantively similar to the LOSD CI program would cost $3,000 to $6,000 if taken at a law school (if, that is, it were even available at a law school, which to my knowledge it is not).
As we’ve noted, you do not need to be an attorney to be eligible for this program, but you do need to be academically oriented and prepared to study and truly learn the material. It’s our mission to help all LOSD CI candidates achieve that high level of competence.