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Advocacy Certificate Requirements & Curriculum

To earn the Advocacy Certificate, students must complete all of the Core Courses, one (1) Trial Alternative Course, one (1) Elective Course, and one (1) Practice Course. Enrollment in a course for fewer than two units generally will not satisfy the requirements for this program. When there is good cause, the Certificate Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases; prior written approval of such variance is required.


Core Courses (complete all courses)

  • Global Lawyering Skills II (2, 2) (Journal service does not operate as a substitute for the requirement for Global Lawyering Skills II as it pertains to the Certificate.)
  • Trial Advocacy (3)
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy (3) (With advance approval from the Director, participation on the Moot Court or Mock Trial Competition Team may be an acceptable substitute for Advanced Trial Advocacy.)
  • Civil Pretrial Litigation (2) or Criminal Pretrial Litigation (2) (Students selected for the Federal Defender Clinic may use the Federal Pretrial Litigation Seminar required for the clinic to satisfy this requirement.)

Trial Alternatives (complete 1 course)

  • Negotiations & Settlements (2 or 3)
  • Mediation (3)

Elective Courses (complete 1 course)

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure (2 or 3)
  • Complex Civil Litigation (2 or 3) (offered every other year)
  • Computer-Assisted Litigation (3)
  • Expert & Scientific Evidence (2) (offered every other year)
  • Federal Courts (3)
  • Persuasive Public Speaking (2)
  • Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic (3, 3) (Participation in this clinic satisfies both the Elective and Practice requirements.)
  • Sentencing & Post-Conviction Remedies (2) (offered every other year)


  • Complete one (1) litigation-focused Clinic or Field Placement. Approval is required before a student may receive Certificate credit for their Practice Course. Students must confer with the Certificate Director well enough in advance of registration to ensure that the particular placement, clinical experience, or project to be undertaken by the student will provide substantial litigation activity in keeping with the purposes of the advocacy program.
  • Substantial litigation activity includes, in most cases, client contact. For placements in the offices of the US Attorney, a District Attorney, or the California Attorney General, it includes interviewing or preparing witnesses.


Contact Professor Thomas J. Leach, Director of the Advocacy Certificate Program
Email | 916.739.7002