McGeorge School of Law

Trial & Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration Requirements & Curriculum

Trial & Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration Requirements & Curriculum

Students must complete the Core and required Elective Courses listed below. A minimum of 14 total credits is required, in addition to Evidence and GLS II, which are required of all students. Journal service is not a substitute for GLS II for the Concentration.

In addition to the one required Elective course from each of the three Elective categories below (Pretrial, ADR, and Capstone), which will total at least six (6) credits, the student may choose courses from any of the four Elective sections to accumulate the 14-credit minimum.

Note that not all courses are offered every year. Students should plan their curriculums with this in mind, checking the Academic Schedule for the coming year and for the year thereafter (see, e.g., the projection of courses for 2020-21 (pdf))1

With prior written approval, the Concentration Director may vary the requirements of the program in individual cases for good cause.

Courses — 14 units minimum
Core Courses (complete both) Units
Trial Advocacy (required) 3
Clinic or Externship with a substantial litigation or ADR focus (advance written approval from the Concentration Director is required). Federal Pretrial/Trial Litigation Seminar, with its associated Clinic, may be used to meet both (a) the Clinic or Externship requirement and (b) either Pretrial Advocacy or Alternative Dispute Resolution. The student must complete both semesters. at least 3
Elective Courses — Pretrial Advocacy (complete at least one) Units
Civil Pretrial Litigation 2
Criminal Pretrial Litigation 2
Federal Pretrial/Trial Litigation Seminar 2, 2
Taking & Defending Depositions 2
Written Discovery 2
Elective Courses — Alternative Dispute Resolution (complete at least one) Units
Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
Art of Plea Bargaining 2
Federal Pretrial/Trial Litigation Seminar 2, 2
International Commercial & Investment Arbitration 3
International Negotiations 1 or 2
Mediation 2 or 3
Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Seminar and Clinic (may be used to meet both (a) the Clinic or Externship Requirement and (2) the Alternative Dispute Resolution requirement) 3
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals 1 or 2
Negotiation & Settlements 2 or 3
Elective Courses — Capstones (complete at least one) Units
Advanced Trial Advocacy 3
Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar & Moot Court Team (students must complete two semesters) 2, 2
Mock Trial Team & Mock Trial Evidence (students must complete two semesters) 2, 2
Elective Courses — Other Litigation-Related (optional) Units
Advanced Criminal Procedure 2
California Parole Hearings & Litigation 1
Criminal Law Defenses 2
Employment Law 3
Local Agency Practice 2
Persuasive Public Speaking 2
Transnational Litigation 3
White Collar Crime 2

1 If a student finds a course added or returning to the Schedule that may qualify as an "Other Litigation-Related Elective" (e.g., Federal Courts), the student may apply to the Director for use of that course towards the Concentration requirements.

Questions?

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