The Nursing Law Center

Legal Nurse Consulting

Live Nurse Consulting Course  - This is the ONLY live LNC Training Program taught by a Nurse Attorney in the country! This is a unique and ideal learning opportunity.

3-Day Live Course: next course offered in California November 2020. Exact date and location will be posted in January 2020.

  • Get personalized hands-on training by practicing professionals
  • We only take approx. 15 nurses per training class 

Complete Course is available online.  The entire 3-Day program videos are online, and you can view a short preview of the introduction to the course by clicking on this link: and then clicking on the video with the title "watch trailer."  If you wish to purchase the online course you can choose to pay after viewing the introduction.


Do you want to learn how to turn your nursing knowledge into a successful consulting practice?

Becoming  a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) is an exciting opportunity for you to  apply your nursing expertise to legal issues. As a Legal Nurse  Consultant you bring specialized health care education and clinical  experience to the legal system. Legal nurse consultants not only provide  medical record reviews and analysis, but also conduct medical research,  identify and apply standards of care and legal requirements, educate  attorneys about unique medical issues in case, and help retain medical  experts. Many LNCs practice as independent consultant and expert  witnesses, some are employed by law firms, insurance companies,  government, etc. You already have the medical knowledge you need to be an LNC, let us teach you the legal knowledge you need!

Our live course comprehensively covers the entire 2 Volume LNC textbook  published by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)  and much more!  (AALNC does not offer a live course, mentoring,  marketing, or a course that covers the textbook).  We designed our  course to include all of these things so you can get the best  preparation for analyzing medical legal issues and cases. Our course is  taught by a practicing Nurse Attorney and an experienced LNC. We answer all your questions as we go through the material during the live class (other nurse attorney programs start at $5,000 and do not allow any questions during the course - see reviews below).  Our course also prepares you to take the AALNC certification exam should you choose to do so in the future.


We  also provide you with a copy of your state's Nurse Practice Act laws so  you have the authoritative reference by which all nursing cases in your  state must be judged. This is critical to any analysis of nursing  practice issues and standards in any situation. We are the only LNC program that provides this customized and critical information to each LNC student. Our course is co-taught by one of the most successful nurse expert witnesses in the country. She will share valuable tips for becoming an expert witness and working with attorneys. 

Earn 60 CE Hours for this Course:

You  will earn 25 CE contact hours by completing the live portion of the  course. (You will be given your certificate on the last day of class.)   You will then receive an additional 35 credits for reading the text,  answering test questions, and completing the writing assignment. This  certificate will be sent to you upon review of your answers and writing  assignment. Altogether, you will receive a total of 60 CE contact hours  for this course.

LNC Live Course Schedule:

Part 1: Live 3-day course (9:00 - 4:45)

Part 2: Home Study: Read text and answer quizzes, write letter of introduction, and answer a sample certification exam question

Part 3: Mentorship: Help writing and editing your letter of introduction. Personal one-on-one mentoring sessions available for purchase.

Experience the energy and enthusiasm of a live presentation by Nurse Attorney Laurie Elston. Her  live course allows you to see, hear, and read actual pleadings,  exhibits, and more. Videos of actual trial footage will be used to  demonstrate the litigation process. Watch actual trial proceedings and  hear expert testimony on standard of care issues in a medical negligence  action.


Course Topics and Materials

Course Curriculum

Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting 

  History, the Profession, Certification, Ethics, Independent Practice  

-Different Roles of the LNC 

-The Legal System 

-Legal Liability  

        Negligence, medical malpractice, personal injury, worker's comp, etc. 

- Standards of Care 

-The Litigation Process: 



        Pleadings and Motions 

        Settlement, Arbitration, Mediation 

        Pre-trial and Trial 

        Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure 

-Responsibilities and Tasks of the LNC 

        Medical Records: collection and analysis 

        Medical and Nursing Literature Research 

        Independent Medical Exams 

        Preparing Reports: summaries, timelines, chronologies, etc. 

        Locating Experts 

        Preparation of Exhibits 

-Case Screenings and Evaluations in Each Practice Area Setting 


- Copy of the Nurse Practice Act for your state 

- Marketing - letter of introduction, business cards, who and how to market* 

- Business Concepts* 

- What you need to get started* 

- Practice your introduction and interview skills during the class* 

- Access to private Facebook LNC group 

*These  topics are not covered in the AALNC textbook, but will be covered in  our live course. You will also be given written materials on these  topics. This is an important part of our course because marketing is a  key part of starting your consulting business!  

LNC Practice Resource Manual - included in course: 

The course also includes a  250+ page notebook containing all the resources, forms, and tools you  will need to begin your own consulting business. You will receive over  35 documents that guide you through the process from the start  to finish, including: letters of introduction, how to screen cases,  screening checklists, sample chronologies, and medical summaries for  both medical malpractice and person injury cases, examples of timelines,  various case reports, the medical and legal internet research sites to  use, writing tips marketing,  and information on running a business.

Nurse  Attorney Laurie Elston has practiced law in multiple states and taught at the University of Washington. She is an experienced medical  malpractice attorney who has tried numerous cases. The course is  co-taught by a highly experienced LNC. So, you get the best of both  worlds.  Class size is limited to approx. 15 nurses so you get  one-on-one personalized training. Additional  one-on-one personal mentoring and marketing plans are available to help you get started!


Register and Pay

Live LNC Course - California November 2020

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Complete Online LNC Training Course

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Some of the advantages of the Online Course include:

Convenience – Participants can listen to lectures on their schedule, any time of day. 

Increased information retention – Since each of us learn at our own pace, the amount of information you retain from videos is often greater. 

Lower cost –  Since there is no travel involved, the cost of online learning is  substantially less than learning similar material in a traditional  setting.  
Videos - Allow you to play lectures over again in the future


Complete LNC Course, Plus 2 Individual Mentoring Sessions

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Complete LNC Course  online, plus + 2 individual telephonic mentoring sessions with either an experienced LNC or Attorney Laurie Elston, to help you develop your marketing plan and strategy.

LNC Course Reviews

Proven  Program Success - Our LNC students are working with law firms, as case managers, life care planners and other types of consultants.  See course  reviews by nurses who have taken our program below:

  • "This course was fantastic!   The instructors were well informed, experienced, witty and fun. Laurie  Elston is a gifted, brilliant, organized and personable attorney; a real  joy to learn from.  She and LNCC Mitzi were such a dynamic duo. Their  presentations were very effective, and the time they took to field  questions during the course was really helpful.” Ann Paulson RN, LNC

  • "Laurie  your course is by far one of the most professionally awesome  experiences I have ever had! You are a bright light and ray of hope to me and the future RNs of the world.  You were perfect in every aspect of  what you taught and how you taught it. I love, love, LOVE your rich  background on both professional areas. Real life examples from the professional viewpoints of a Nurse Attorney and a LNCC was the best of both worlds!"  Kari B. RN, CCM 

  • "The expertise of the presenter and the quality of the material that was provided in the LNC Manual was outstanding! Laurie made the class interesting and provided excellent materials." RN 2017

  •  “Laurie  is an excellent teacher: knowledgeable, direct, concise, and easy to  follow. The small class size made for easy access during and after the  course. It also made for good role playing during the class. I  really liked the class interactions, and the combination of lecture,  examples, and discussion. I also liked the course split into 3 days of  live lecture and then a home study portion, which made this course very  flexible. Stacey R. RN CA  

  • "Laurie is a very good teacher and provided everything needed to start an LNC business. Rita Kae is a wonderful role model and mentor to other nurses. This class was great! Candy B. RN 2017

  • "At  the end of Attorney Elston's course I had a clear picture of the role  of an LNC. The course bought clarity to my dream of becoming a LNC. It also gave me the confidence I needed to know that I can do this business and be successful."  Kim Browne RN, BSN 

  • "This  3 day course offered a number of wonderful advantages, including: (1)  having a small group so we could ask questions, (2) having an instructor  who is both a nurse and an attorney, (3) having a co-instructor who was  a practicing nursing expert witness, and (4) being unbiased regarding other LNC programs. I wanted to learn how to become a better LNC, and after taking this course, I now also want to work as an expert witness." Denise G. RN, MN, FNP 2017

  • "5-Stars - This was a very informative course with dynamic instructors. I feel excited and confident to start my new nursing venture as an expert witness!" Carol Ingall RN, Expert Witness 2019

  • This was an incredibly helpful course from both speakers. The ability to ask questions in class was invaluable." Shirley O'Donnell RN 2019
  • "The varied and numerous course handouts and forms/templates will be invaluable for references in the future. It is very obvious both of you put in many hours of preparation to assist all of us..."  Maggie E. RN,  Update:Currently working full time as an LNC with a Hospice Attorney.  

  • "Just 1 day of this course was worth more than the 5 days I spent taking another nurse attorney's LNC program and her program cost 5x more than this course, .... and we weren't even allowed to ask any questions during her course!" RN 2017

  • "This class included easy to follow directions and examples of all avenues of legal nurse consulting." Robert Dryden RN


  • "Attorney Elston, these last 3 days have been one of the best days in my entire nursing education.  I have learned so much in your live LNC Course!  Both you and Ms. Rita Kae Restrepo did a great job." Sandra T. RN, BSN

  • “Very good presentations – not a single boring moment!  I highly recommend this class to nurses contemplating a career as a LNC.” Z.C. RN CA  

  • "I really enjoyed both speakers, the class was very interesting. The examples provided kept my attention and the information I learned will help me start an exciting new career."  Katherine Lanting RN

  • "The presenters had a lot of great information. They were both very enthusiastic about all the subjects taught!" Kristen Abasi RN

  •  "Laurie and Mitzi make a great team. They answered all my questions and  helped me gain the confidence I need to proceed with my desire to begin  starting my own LNC business. This course was a great value for the price paid."  Pat K. RN 
  • "I am already involved in legal work and needed a better understanding. I liked the way this course brought all the information together in a clear and concise manner."  Jill Aggersbury, RN, CCM, CNLCP, MSCC, Update: 2013 President of Bay Area Chapter of AALNC 

  •  "I was very inspired by your Legal Nurse Consulting Course. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights into this fascinating career opportunity....I have joined several of the organizations you recommended, and am now networking with fellow LNCs as you suggested.  I am optimistic about starting a new career...." Margaret B. RNC, Labor and Delivery 

  • "I  took another LNC course. While it was useful and some  of the elements of that course were relevant to the material in this  course, the _______________course was dry and did not have the personal  interaction. What made this course invaluable was the ability to ask questions and have them answered by a practicing Attorney and a LNCC!" Sarah S. RN, CA 2012 

  •  "One of the strengths of this course is Laurie's ability to simplify the law down to our level of understanding. Having a live person to ask questions of, who is both knowledgeable and approachable, was invaluable."  Michael Longshore RN, CA 2015


  • "5 Stars - The speakers in this course were very knowledgeable and dynamic...very skilled in their fields." Christine Bethell RN 2019 

  • "5 Stars -This course gave me the knowledge to understand this lucrative nursing career. I am excited to utilize and apply all my nursing expertise from 40 years as a nurse." Linda Robles RN 


Online/DVD Home Study Course  -

  • This course is awesome.  While researching legal nurse consulting courses I feared that some  would simply be a crash course without enough detail. This course  emphasized all the details. The home study version allowed me to repeat  the information so I could retain it." Shawn Wellington RN, BS, MSN  North Carolina

  •   "Thank you for your very interesting educational LNC Course. I enjoyed so much the 3 day course and was happy to be able to review it on DVD.  My sentiments and view of class are the same as those who took the live  class: this course is so beneficial in helping to understand the very  practical, vital information relating to Nursing and Law. Your course  and excellent presentation is very much appreciated." Susan Angel RN  2018

  • "I love the videos!  i just started watching them... but I'm already working on my first legal case..." Eva R. RN, MSN