GSM 3-Week Program 2023
- Program classes are from June 4 - 24 and July 23 - August 12
- Program Costs: $7,000 for education and $3,000 for accommodations and meals for $10,000 total. Scholarships are available.
- Each lawyer should bring the specific facts for at least 2-3 cases that they will work with the instructors on throughout the course. Many lawyers in previous classes have then divided the seminar costs up between the cases worked as a case cost.
For perspective students that would like to be considered within our early application window, please submit your application by December 31, 2022. Our early acceptances of well qualified applicants will be made by January 31, 2023. Notifications will be communicated upon acceptance.
For those not selected within the early acceptance period, their applications will roll into the general application period. Confirmation of acceptance or rejection of all received applications will be made by April 30, 2023.
Starting May 1, 2023, we will utilize a rolling admissions process for any remaining seats we may have.
Prepare yourself for a 21-day journey that will provide insight into yourself, your clients, and your cases. You will learn the Spence Method and your skills as a trial lawyer will be taken to a higher level. You will be guided by experienced trial lawyers who were trained in the Method and can show you how it can change your practice, and maybe even your life.
The program begins by helping you strip yourself of the armor that you thought you needed for protection, but in reality, has only limited your effectiveness. You will experience first-hand the power of psychodrama and how this can be used to discover the story through the eyes of those who were involved. Several days will be spent on this powerful tool under the direction of a trained psychodramatist, learning techniques, including how to reverse roles. Sometimes you will reverse roles and learn more about yourself, and sometimes you will learn more about your clients and even your adversaries. The point of this part of the journey is gaining a far richer perspective of what happened and why, through the eyes of those involved – a story that is alive and will resonate with your audience.
You will also be taught the Spence Method of choosing your audience for the story, the jury. This is where you will learn how to shed your armor and “show yourself” so that the jury will see you as an authentic, relatable, and trustworthy person. Techniques for dealing with troubling issues in your case will be covered. You will discover greater powers of communication that will change how you find the right jury for your case.
The next part of the journey will be how to take that perspective and integrate it into the structure that will make the story come alive. Techniques to tell the story of the case throughout the opening statement, witness examinations, and closing argument will be taught by seasoned trial attorneys who have lived the Method.
All of these techniques will culminate in a jury trial at the end of the Program in which each of these elements of the Method you have been discovering come together. You will end the Program by understanding more about yourself, more about your clients, and more about your cases than you have understood before. You will be enriched.
Gerry Spence Slideshow
Fighting for the People | Gerry Spence | TEDxJacksonHole
Renowned trial lawyer Gerry Spence reflects on justice in a powerful personal retrospective.
“This is a place where you come to be a human. What's amazing aboout Gerry is that he's one of the most famous trial lawyers in America but he doesn't want people to copy his arguments or to copy how he talks or dresses.”
“When you go to law school they teach you how to be a lawyer but they don't teach you how to care. Here's the best part of GSM. you will leave different. Not a different person, but a different lawyer.”
“The magic and the transformation that takes place here that I find remarkable is that by becoming better human beings we become better lawyers; by digging deep into ourselves we're better able to sense what may be holding our clients back and we can get at the real story.”
3-Week Program 2023
Prepare yourself for a 21 day journey that will...