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Our Master Classes
You are a professional investigator: Maybe you're a corporate due diligence guy, investigative journalist, or hired gun for criminal defense teams. Or maybe you're just thinking about getting into the game. Either way, you're ready to kick up your skills to the next level.
The Pursuit Institute is here for you. Here, you'll find in-depth master classes taught by industry leaders. Here, you'll gain access to their years of experience and specialized skills — tools that will help you go from competent to amazing and set yourself apart in a crowded field.
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Brian Willingham has spent 15 years conducting public-record and open-source research. He's worked high-profile cases with some of the top investigative firms in the world.
In his master class, Brian distills his sources, techniques, and tips into an intensive video course, highlighting the areas that matter most. He'll offer checklists and “go-to” sites, the pros and cons of each database, and advice on how to mine data in the most efficient way possible.
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Criminal Defense Investigation
COMING SOON - IN PRODUCTION
Did you find yourself immersed in the Serial podcast? ... six episodes deep without realizing where the time went? Did you find yourself outraged and bemused by Making a Murderer?
A master class by Hal Humphreys. Coming soon.
Hal Humphreys has worked with defense teams across the country. He's aided the Federal Defender's office and has been appointed by courts in Tennessee and Texas. He's worked high profile cases and cases you'd never hear about in a million years.
Hal Humphreys breaks down best practices for criminal defense investigations in this multi-media, interactive, and immersive master class. After you finish the first section of this course, you'll be able to use the lessons learned in your practice that same day. You'll learn why defense work is essential. You'll learn how to get appointed. You'll learn advanced interview skills. This course delves deep into the ins and outs of investigating for the defense.
This course is for investigators who want to expand their practice into a new and meaningful area. This course is for journalists who want to gain a better understanding of the criminal justice system. This course is for curious citizens.
A master class by Michael Sands. Coming soon.