Law of Self-Defense Core Course Review

Steven T. Baker CPP,PSP, PCI, Security Expert Witness recently completed the Core Course from “The Law of Self Defense”. As a trainer, expert witness, and practitioner in the security industry Mr. Baker has reviewed multiple programs relating to the legal aspects of self-defense applicable to both security professionals and private citizens. Attorney Andrew Branca, the force behind “The Law of Self Defense”, has put together a fantastic program that fills the void in self defense law training.

Offerings from “The Law of Self Defense” include the textbook “Law of Self Defense” the Core Course and individual state supplements. The core course and textbook are the foundation of the program. Attorney Andrew Branca explains and presents the conditions and issues related to lawful self-defense in a comprehensive and understandable manner. Attorney Andrew Branca breaks down statutory legalese into language and concepts that are understandable and that can be directly applied by individuals who may be involved in a self-defense situation. The core course is available online and in a seminar format. Mr. Baker studied the online version and thoroughly enjoyed the video presentations and found the quizzes and tests to be challenging and appropriate for developing retention of key materials by students.

After completing the core course the next learning opportunity is the state-specific module. Each state has different laws and interpretations of those laws by the courts. Most courses review statutes and ordinances that are believed to be applicable to self-defense situations but do not delve deeper into the interpretation and application of those laws by the police, prosecutors or courts. Attorney Andrew Branca has resolved the issue by producing a comprehensive state-specific module that discusses legal concepts, statutes, application, and interpretation of statutes and laws for each state. Most self-defense courses discuss laws and use of force in a generic “one size fits all” method that leaves the student to fill in the gaps. “The Law of Self-Defense” is the only program that reviews each state specifically and provides the student with directly applicable information.

Steven T. Baker CPP, PSP, PCI is currently studying the Instructor Course for the “Law of Self-Defense.” The instructor course is not designed as a stand-alone course but was developed to provide education to those individuals who are instructors for self-defense related courses. Historically most of these programs have very limited materials on self-defense and use-of-force for the instructor to use when educating students. The instructor course provides education for instructors that will enable them to teach self-defense and use-of-force concepts to their students at a level not previously available to most instructors.

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