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)


The following curriculum requirements are effective for students matriculating on or after Fall 2018. For students matriculating before this time, please consult the JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy Requirements prior to Fall 2018.

Required Courses

7 credits must be taken from the following list of courses:

*This course can be taken instead of Evidence and Trial Advocacy.
Elective Courses

Students must complete 8 elective credits from the following list:

Students must complete 2 alternative dispute resolution elective credits from the following list:

For the certificate, students must complete at least 2 credits in an litigation-based externship or clinic from the list below. These credits must be taken when a degree candidate is 711 eligible (45 credits). Note, all students must complete at least three credits of experiential learning to graduate.

Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.