The Litigation Program of Concentrated Study is designed for students who seek to develop their litigation skills and litigation-focused substantive knowledge during their time at the College of Law.  To qualify for a certificate indicating completion of this Program of Concentrated Study, students, after successfully completing all first-year classes, must complete the following Program courses: (1) all required courses; (2) at least 9 credit hours of qualifying litigation skills courses and competitions; and (3) at least 6 additional credit hours of qualifying litigation-focused electives.  Students are encouraged to declare their intention to participate in the Litigation Skills Program of Concentrated Study as early as possible so they can plan their course of studies appropriately. 

Required Courses

  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Pretrial Litigation or Criminal Procedure

Litigation Skills Courses and Competitions (9 credit hours required)*

  • Children's Justice Clinic
  • Civil Clinic
  • Client Interviewing and Counseling
  • Criminal Clinic
  • Debtor Defense Clinic
  • First Amendment Clinic
  • Housing Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Team
  • Mediation
  • Mediation Competition Team
  • National Moot Court Team
  • National Trial Team
  • Negotiations

*Unpaid internships or externships, pro bono and other coursework with a demonstrated focus on litigation skills may be used for up to 3 credit hours toward this requirement.  With limited exceptions, prior approval of the Litigation Skills Track supervising faculty is required. To request approval, complete and submit this form.

Additional Litigation-Focused Electives (6 credit hours required)

  • Any skills courses or competitions listed in the preceding sections
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Advocacy in Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Construction Practice
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Law Seminar
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Juvenile Law
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Workers Compensation