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Advocacy Certificate Requirements & Curriculum

A student must satisfy established requirements, such as course prerequisites or competitive selection, for any of the required courses. In addition:

  1. a student must achieve an overall (combined) minimum GPA of 2.7 (or B-) in all courses submitted for qualification for the Certificate;
  2. in any course/activity taken for the "Practice" requirement, a student's mentor must submit a written report certifying that the student performed at a satisfactory level; and
  3. if service on a competition team is submitted as a substitute for the requirement of Advanced Trial Advocacy, a student's coach must submit a written report certifying that the student performed at a satisfactory level.

Students seeking Certificate credit for a field placement, a competition team, or a law review or journal, must confer with the Program Director well enough in advance of registration to ensure that the particular placement or project to be undertaken by the student will be in keeping with the purposes of the Advocacy Certificate Program.

If a course requires a commitment beyond one semester, the second semester of the course may, with the approval of the Program Director, be counted as an additional course for the purposes of satisfying the requirements of this program.

If any of the courses listed may be taken for either two (2) or three (3) units, students are generally expected to enroll for three (3) units. Enrollment in a course for fewer than two units generally will not satisfy the requirements of this program.

When there is good cause, the Program Director may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases; prior written approval of such variance is required.

Curriculum

Core Courses (complete all courses)

CourseUnits
Advanced Trial Advocacy1 3
Civil Pretrial Litigation or Criminal Pretrial Litigation 2 and 2
Global Lawyering Skills II2 4
Trial Advocacy 3

 

Trial Alternatives (complete one course)

CourseUnits
Negotiations & Settlements Seminar 2 or 3
Mediation 3

 

Elective Courses (complete one course)

CourseUnits
Advanced Criminal Procedure 2 or 3
Complex Civil Litigation 2 or 3
Computer-Assisted Litigation (Blended Learning) 3
Expert and Scientific Evidence 2
Federal Courts 3
Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic3 6
Sentencing and Post-Conviction Remedies 2

 

Practice

Complete one litigation-focused Legal Clinic or Field Placement. Prior written approval from Director required.

Substantial litigation activity is required, including, in most cases, client contact or, for placements in the offices of the U.S. Attorney, a District Attorney, or the California Attorney General, interviewing or preparing witnesses.

1 Acceptable substitutes (prior written approval from Director required) Moot Court Competition Team and Mock Trial Competition Team.
2 Law review or journal service does not operate as a substitute for the requirement for Global Lawyering Skills II as it pertains to the Certificate.
3 Participation in this clinic satisfies both the Elective and Practice requirements.

How to Sign Up

Questions?

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