McGeorge School of Law

Trial & Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration

Students who wish to become litigators receive specialized practical training to prepare for careers in litigation, civil and/or criminal trial and appellate work, or dispute resolution. A wide range of courses enables students to learn and demonstrate competencies in writing, appellate and trial advocacy, evidence, trial preparation and conduct, alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, and counseling and representation of clients.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume. This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. The Faculty Director will schedule a meeting with the applicant if required.

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Externships — Students perform on-site legal work as externs under the supervision of externship supervisors in government agencies that specialize in criminal law and civil litigation, including local, state and federal agencies such as the California Attorney General's Office, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Legal Clinics — McGeorge features legal clinics that allow students to represent clients in actual criminal or civil law proceedings under the supervision of a professor expert in a specific field. Our Federal Defender Clinic is one of only two in the country where students defend misdemeanor charges in U.S. District Court. The Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and the Criminal Appellate Advocacy Clinic also allow students to work with real-world clients.


Contact Professor Jay Leach, Director, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration
Email | 916.739.7002