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Setting the bar for courtroom-ready skills.

YOU WILL BENEFIT from a wealth of expertise as distinguished academics and experienced attorneys teach courses in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and dispute resolution. And you’ll sharpen your practical skills through externships and clinics. Earning an Advocacy Certificate means you have developed the litigation and dispute resolution skills that will set you apart.



To earn the Certificate in Advocacy, you must complete 18 credits from a menu of designed advocacy courses and participate in an advocacy program extracurricular event. You must have an average cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, or an average grade of B or better in each course of your advocacy certificate curriculum, in order to receive the certificate.

Advocacy Certificate coursework and activities are designed to achieve key learning outcomes and competencies.

Trial Practice I
Trial Practice II
Completion of three graded credit hours of Corboy Fellowship or Trial Practice I Applied may substitute for Trial Practice I or Trial Practice II. Completion of six graded credit hours of the Corboy Fellowship or Trial Practice I Applied may substitute for both Trial Practice I and Trial Practice II.

To complete the certificate, you must complete at least one course in each of these four areas: advanced litigation; trial or appellate advocacy writing; dispute resolution; and one co-curricular experience.

Advanced Litigation
Trial or Appellate Advocacy Writing
Dispute Resolution
Co-Curricular Experience


Additionally, you must attend at least one event sponsored by the Advocacy Center, including, but not limited to: conferences, lectures, colloquia, or advocacy competitions (volunteering).



After completing all requirements, during your final semester you must complete an online application for the Certificate in Advocacy. You are required to submit your online application according to the following deadlines:

Winter graduates: December 1 (Extracurricular Event Attendance can be submitted with your online application or as an amendment by December 15 to
Spring graduates: March 1 (Extracurricular Event Attendance can be submitted with your online application or by as an amendment by May 1 to
You should submit your online application pursuant to these deadlines even if you are currently enrolled in certificate coursework and/or if you have yet to attend an approved Extracurricular Event. You are required to present a draft of your application to the Registrar during your graduation interview and this Sample Certificate in Advocacy may be helpful in that regard. The Advocacy Center Assistant Director will approve your online application and submit it to the Law School Registrar’s Office upon completion of your last semester of schooling.

Please contact the Advocacy Center Assistant Director, Gina Gerardi, at with any questions related to the Certificate in Advocacy.