The Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy

The JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy provides degree candidates career distinction in litigation by developing practical courtroom-ready skills. In addition to designated coursework, degree candidates seeking the trial advocacy certificate will benefit from completing an approved externship (requiring a 711 license) that hones the candidate's practical courtroom experience.


Degree candidates interested in enhancing their career opportunities with the JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy must complete a minimum of 25 credit hours, including 10 required credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in trial advocacy coursework.

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Proposed Schedule

Year One
Required JD Courses (29 Credits)
Year Two, First Semester
Civil Procedure II (3)
Constitutional Law II (3)
Evidence (4)
Lawyering Skills III: Herzog Moot Court Competition (1)
Professional Responsibility (3)
Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution (2)
Year Two, Second Semester
Trial Advocacy (3)
ADR-Section Electives (12)
Year Three, First Semester
Lawyering Skills IV: Drafting (2)
Advanced Trial Advocacy (3)
Externship (2)
Center-Related Electives (8)
Year Three, Second Semester
Center-Related Electives (15)


Elective Courses

Minimum of 4 credits in the following alternative dispute resolution courses:

Minimum of 4 credits from the following Center-related credits:

Externship or clinic program (2-6 Credits) Must be taken when a degree candidate is 711 eligible (45 credits) and must be a litigation-based placement.

Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.