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What is a trial/litigation/jury consultant?

A trial / litigation / jury consultant can have many different roles. Since there is no specific education or certification required, consultants have vastly different backgrounds. Trial consultants are employed to help their clients with a variety of tasks, including pretrial research, opening statements / narrative, trial graphics, witness preparation, expert witness testimony, venue surveys, jury selection (voir dire, supplemental juror questionnaires, internet research), shadow juries and trial monitoring, and post-trial interviews.

What is the American Society of Trial Consultants / Who are the ASTC's members?

The American Society of Trial Consultants, Inc. (ASTC) is the only professional organization for trial and litigation consultants. Members agree to follow approved standards of practice that have been developed over the 30-plus year history of the organization.

Who can join the ASTC? / Do I need to be a trial consultant to join the ASTC?

Members of ASTC come with a wide variety of practice areas, skills, and services offered within the trial consulting profession. For example, whether you are an active trial consultant, a recent graduate, a student, or retired – or if you provide services such as graphic / demonstrative evidence, running mock juries / focus groups, assisting with media relations, etc., – you can join.

What are the benefits of being a member of the ASTC, and what kind of specialized resources does the ASTC offer?

There are many benefits of being an ASTC Member! By joining, you are entitled to a range of resources and services to support you, your practice, and the profession as a whole, as well as constant opportunities to expand your knowledge about the profession and network with colleagues. Please click here for a list of benefits as a member!

How much does it cost to be a member of the ASTC?

There are different levels of membership: Individual, Recent Graduate, Retired, and Student. Please click here to learn about the different membership levels and to join.

Who should I reach out to if I am thinking about becoming a member?

For general inquiries or specific questions about how to become a member, please get in touch with our Membership Chair: Paul Valdez, Nichols Research,

What are the upcoming events?

Each year, the ASTC provides (virtual / in-person) regional meetups, networking, webinars, and educational events, including our annual conference. By becoming a member, you will be updated on these ongoing events. 

Is there a quarterly payment option?

Yes, we have added a quarterly payment option, so you can divide your annual dues into four equal payments, to be automatically charged to a credit card on the first day of each quarter. Note: to use this option you must pay by credit card.

Is there Auto Renewal for membership?

Yes, If you paid with a credit card last year, Annual memberships will be automatically renewed on January 1 of the following year (beginning on January 1, 2022). Members can easily turn off automatic annual renewals in their profile on the website. You can access your profile at this link Questions? Please contact Jeff Leonard at  Note: to use this option you must pay by credit card.

I am ready to join! What are the action steps that I need to take to become a member?

You can join the ASTC by clicking here.

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