Campus Law Enforcement Litigation Specialist Certification Program

Americans for Effective Law Enforcement was formed in 1966. The Law Enforcement Legal Center was begun in 1973.

AELE is a research driven educational organization that produces and disseminates legal information through traditional seminars, via electronic media and direct contact.

AELE Seminars provide credit toward:

  • Campus Law Enforcement Litigation Specialist Certification
  • Certified Litigation Specialist ™ (CLS) designation for police or corrections
  • Litigation Professional (LP) recognition for members of the bar

To earn the designation, a person must attend three qualifying seminars in a 50 month period, and satisfy supplemental reading requirements. The designation is conferred at no additional cost to the applicant.

In order to complete the Campus Law Enforcement Litigation Specialist Certification, attendees must complete the following three (3) qualifying seminars:

  1. AELE: Discipline & Internal Investigations
  2. AELE: Lethal and Less Lethal Force
  3. D. Stafford & Associates Legal Issues Forum

The AELE Board of Directors created the program:

  1. To recognize the achievement of those who have voluntarily augmented their professional backgrounds, by concentrating in litigation-related studies.
  2. To encourage individuals to attend companion seminars that deepens their understanding of public agency litigation.
  3. To build a partnership of understanding between AELE and those persons who enroll in more than one seminar.
  4. To offer reduced tuition to individuals who repeat seminars to maintain their proficiency.
  5. To encourage public employers to financially support voluntary certification and recertification efforts.

For more information about the Certified Litigation Specialist programs, including the application for CLS Certification or to register for the AELE Programs, click here to be taken to the AELE Web page: