CERTIFICATE IN ADVOCACY
The goal of the Certificate in Advocacy program is to enable students who are interested
in a career in litigation or the study of advocacy to follow a specialized course
of study, to work closely with other students interested in the area and to receive
guidance from faculty members with an interest and expertise in the area.
The Certificate in Advocacy program will enable you to work alongside other students
and professors to prepare you for a career in litigation. A student who receives the
Certificate in Advocacy demonstrates knowledge of fundamental principles of trial
and appellate advocacy, as well as competence in the skills essential to a career
in litigation. In turn, Certificate in Advocacy graduates are attractive to law firms
seeking to hire litigation attorneys who enter the practice of law with practical
For more information about the Certificate in Advocacy program, please contact Prof.
Barbara Kritchevsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 678-3239.
Students in the Certificate in Advocacy Program not only take courses that teach legal
rules and principles in a traditional classroom setting but also put those ideas into
practice through client representation, skills courses and participation in Moot Court,
Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) travel teams. The out of class
component enables students to work with practicing attorneys and make contacts in
the legal community.
A student must successfully complete at least 15 hours of advocacy courses. At least
2 hours of study must be in trial advocacy courses and 2 hours must be in appellate
Students seeking the certificate must also complete work outside the classroom, allowing
them to gain invaluable experience and see advocacy in action. A student must complete
25 hours of non class work in the advocacy field. The student must complete at least
5 hours each semester. Students in the program must keep a log of their activities
in accordance with the Director of Advocacy's guidelines and must attend one meeting
each semester with other students enrolled in the Certificate of Advocacy program.
Grade Point Requirement
To satisfy the requirements of the Certificate in Advocacy, each student must demonstrate
a successful understanding of the fundamentals of advocacy by receiving a grade of
at least a C and obtaining an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in the building-block courses
of Legal Methods I and II, Civil Procedure I and II, Evidence and Professional Responsibility.
Students must receive at least a 3.0 GPA in all courses taken to satisfy the certificate.
To receive the certificate with honors, a student must complete the graded courses
to satisfy the certificate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive a grade of Excellent
in at least two-thirds of the non-graded coursework taken to satisfy the certificate
How to Enroll
Students in good academic standing may enroll in the Certificate for Advocacy program
after completing one year of full-time law study (or 30 hours for part-time students).
A student may not enroll after the add deadline in the student's fourth semester of
full-time study (or the semester after a part-time student has completed 45 hours
A student enrolls by submitting a completed enrollment form to the Director of Advocacy.
In completing the form, the student must certify that he/she can satisfy the requirements
of the certificate program and is committed to fulfilling its requirements. A student
will be dropped from the program if he/she fails to meet the requirements.