Advocacy Certificate of Concentration

Objective

To help prepare those students planning a career in litigation by ensuring that they take courses particularly applicable to litigation, receive mentoring from members of the faculty with experience and interest in this field and rewarding such students who have demonstrated high degrees of ethics and competence in litigation matters.

Requirements

In order to receive at graduation the Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy, a student must make a timely application for inclusion in the program, be accepted into the program, and do the following:

  • Complete at least 21 hours in the Approved Curriculum, including successful completion of the Mandatory Curriculum requirements, with an average G.P.A. of at least 3.0 among all of those courses taken from the Approved Curriculum. Further, the student shall not have received a grade of less than 2.5 (or "S" in any course not graded on the 4.0 scale) in any of those courses taken in the Approved Curriculum;
  • Students must have achieved at least a 2.0 in the following courses: Evidence, Torts, Criminal Law, and R & W I and II and at least a 2.5 in Professional Responsibility. A student, who has not completed any of these courses must be enrolled in the course at the time of acceptance in to the concentration, and must achieve the required grade in these courses or the student will be dropped from the concentration;
  • Participate in the Required Mentoring;
  • Fulfill the advocacy pro bono requirement; and
  • Fulfill his/her writing requirement by writing a paper in the area of litigation.

Advocacy Pro Bono

To receive the Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy, students must perform at least 10 hours of pro bono work on behalf of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, in addition to meeting Stetson University College of Law's graduation requirement for pro bono work.

Advocacy Certificate of Concentration Approved Mandatory Curriculum

TRIAL ADVOCACY
Select one of the following:2 TO 4 credits
APPELLATE PRACTICE & ADVOCACY
FED CIV PRE-TRL PRACT&STRATEGY
POST TRIAL & APPELLATE PRACTIC
PRE-TRIAL PRACTICE
Select one of the following:1 TO 3 credits
ARBITRATION
FAMILY LAW MEDIATION
INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING
INTERVIEWING & COUN IN SPANISH
MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING
NEGOTIATION AND MEDIATION
Select one of the following:2 TO 12 credits
CHILD ADVOCACY CLINIC
CIVIL ELDER LAW CLINIC
CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES CLINIC
FED GOVT LITIGATION EXTERNSHIP
FEDERAL JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP
FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC
FLA CRCT CRT (APPELL) EXTRNSHP
FLA CRCT CRT (TRIAL) EXTRNSHP
IMMIGRATION CLINIC
INNOCENCE INITIATIVE CLINIC
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLINIC
PROSECUTION CLINIC
PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC
STATE LITIGATION EXTERNSHIP
STATE SUPREME COURT JUD EXTERN
TAMPA PROSECUTION CLINIC
US CRT APPEAL VET CLAIM EXTERN
VETERAN'S ADVOCACY CLINIC

Approved Elective Curriculum

Any courses listed under the Mandatory Curriculum section taken in addition to those necessary to satisfy the Mandatory Curriculum requirements.

Any Stetson Internship program in addition to those referenced in the Mandatory Curriculum section.

LAW 3055DADV CIVIL TRIAL SKILLS-DAMAGES1
LAW 3055VADV CIV TRIAL SKILLS-VOIR DIRE1
LAW 3070ADV CRIMINAL EVIDENCE SEMINAR2 TO 3
LAW 3075ADV CRIMINAL TRIAL ADVOCACY2 TO 3
LAW 3112ADV TRIAL SKILLS-APPELLATE REC1
LAW 56001COMPARATIVE TRIAL ADVOCACY (Oxford Program)3
LAW 3204COMPLEX LITIGATION2 TO 3
LAW 3213CONFLICT OF LAWS2 TO 3
LAW 3225CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION2 TO 3
LAW 3265CRIM PROCEDURE - ADJUDICATION3
LAW 3270CRIM PROCEDURE-INVESTIGATION3
LAW 3288DEPOSITIONS2
LAW 3375EMPLOY BENEF (ERISA) LIT SKILL2 TO 3
LAW 3413FAMILY LAW LITIGATION2 TO 3
LAW 3500FLORIDA CIVIL PROCEDURE3
LAW 3502FLORIDA CRIMINAL PROCEDURE3
LAW 3539IMMIGRATION LITIGAT & ADVOCACY3
LAW 3585INT'L LITIGATION & ARBITRATION3
LAW 3587INT'L SALES LAW & ARBITRATION3
LAW 3731MILITARY LAW2 TO 3
LAW 3753MUNICIPAL&ADMIN LAW EXTERNSHIP3
LAW 3810REMEDIES3
LAW 3825SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WORKSHOP2 TO 3
LAW 3901SUPREME CRT ADVOCACY & PROCESS3
LAW 3900TECHNOLOGY IN LITIGATION2 TO 3
LAW 3913TORT LAW PRACTICE AND SKILLS3
LAW 3947WHITE COLLAR CRIME2 TO 3
ADVOCACY BOARD (DR Board, Moot Court Board, or Mock Trial Board)1 TO 2