Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration

Objective

The certificate of concentration in Social Justice Advocacy is intended for a select group of students who aspire to use their legal advocacy skills to address social justice issues.

Eligibility

Any Stetson Law student in good standing who has completed a minimum of 30 semester credit hours and not more than 45 semester credit hours may apply for acceptance into the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration program. The co-directors of the concentration program will make final determinations on all applications for acceptance into this program based upon consideration of the student's application materials, the student's demonstrated commitment to the program and the likelihood that the student will be able to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

How to Apply

Interested students should download and complete the Concentration Application (PDF) and deliver the completed application to the Faculty Support Services Office by the deadline listed on the form.

Requirements

In order to receive the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration at graduation, a student must be formally accepted into the program, and must complete the following requirements:

  • The student must complete at least 21 hours in the specifically approved curriculum listed below, including both mandatory and elective curriculum requirements, with an average/cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken in the Approved Curriculum, and must achieve at least a 2.25 in any course taken in the Approved Curriculum which is to be included in order to meet the 21 hour elective requirement;
  • Each student must participate in an approved experiential learning opportunity related to social justice advocacy law (e.g., a clinic, internship, or other experiential learning unit recommended by a member of the faculty who teaches one or more of the courses in the Approved Curriculum that qualify as an experiential learning opportunity);
  • Each student must complete additional mentoring, pro bono service, and administrative requirements, as approved by her/his faculty mentor and the co-directors of the Social Justice Advocacy Concentration Program; and
  • In addition to any elective Seminar, each student must complete a separate Independent Study Project or Directed Research Project approved by her/his faculty mentor in an area of social justice advocacy that would fulfill the experiential and/or writing requirements of an IRP or DRP.

Required Mentoring

Upon being selected into the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration program, a student will be assigned a mentor who is a member of Stetson Law's faculty. The student will be expected to meet regularly with her/his mentor, no less than twice each semester, for the purpose of discussing advancement toward completion of the requirements for receipt of the certificate of concentration. Further, as a prerequisite for registration for each upcoming semester, each student accepted into the concentration program will be required to obtain the approval of her/his mentor, and Professor Scully or Professor Bickel, regarding her/his elective course selections. It is the goal of this required mentoring that the participating members of the faculty will pass along to the students the benefit of their own experience and expertise in the fields which are defined as advancing social justice issues, and the areas of practice which directly involve the legal advocate in the protection of civil rights and social justice, as defined by constitutional and statutory law, or private law. In keeping with this goal, students in the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration Program should not select elective courses simply because they are listed as qualifying courses, but will be expected to present an elective course plan that is directly related to their career plan.

Pro Bono Service

To receive the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration, at least 30 hours of the 60 hours of pro bono service required for graduation must be related to an approved area of social justice advocacy, as defined by the areas described in the Approved Curriculum, or otherwise approved by the student's faculty mentor and Professor Scully or Professor Bickel.

Administrative Hours

To receive the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration, a student must perform at least 10 hours assisting the director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Professor Scully or Professor Bickel, or the student's faculty mentor in planning, or participating in programs within Stetson University College of Law directly related to the SJA concentration, e.g., Innocence Initiative at Stetson Law, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Travel Course, The Juvenile Justice Initiative or any other public interest organization sponsoring events related to social justice on or off campus.

Approved Mandatory Curriculum

Although all areas of social justice advocacy are inter-related, the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration program will encourage students to focus on coursework that advances their interest in the criminal justice system or their interest in civil law subjects that relate to a specific field of practice or law-related service that furthers the public interest and social equality.

Mandatory Curriculum (Criminal Law Emphasis)

Students who wish to pursue a criminal law emphasis will enroll in elective coursework with criminal law designation. At least nine (9) of those hours must be satisfied by completion of the following courses:

Criminal Procedure (3 credit hours) and two other three (3) credit hour criminal law courses from the Approved Elective Course list below that have been specifically approved by a Social Justice Advocacy faculty mentor.

Each student in the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration Program must complete the Independent Research Project (IRP) or the Directed Research Project (DRP) requirement.

Mandatory Curriculum (Civil Law Emphasis)

Students who wish to pursue a civil law emphasis must complete one of the following courses:  Administrative Law, Administrative Law for Health Care, Consumer Protection Law, Employment Discrimination, Environmental Law, Environmental Regulation of Water, Florida Administrative Law, International Trade and the Environment, Labor Law, Land Use Law, Poverty Law, or Water Law: Public and Private Rights.

Each student in the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration Program must complete the Independent Research Project (IRP) or the Directed Research Project (DRP) requirement.

Elective Courses (The role of individual faculty mentors will include counseling students to maintain a focus on those electives related to their special interest)
LAW 3040ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3045ADMIN LAW FOR HEALTH CARE (Civil)2 to 3
LAW 3054ADOPTION LAW SEMINAR (Civil)3
LAW 3070ADV CRIMINAL EVIDENCE SEMINAR (Criminal)3
LAW 3075ADV CRIMINAL TRIAL ADVOCACY (Criminal)3
LAW 3083ADV EMPLOYMENT DISCRIM SEMINAR (Civil)2 to 3
LAW 3129AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY (Civil)3
LAW 3162CHILDREN AND THE LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3238CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW (Civil/Criminal)2 to 3
LAW 3258CORRECTIONAL LAW SEMINAR (Criminal)3
LAW 3265CRIM PROCEDURE - ADJUDICATION (Criminal)3
LAW 3270CRIM PROCEDURE-INVESTIGATION (Criminal)3
LAW 3276CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY SEM (Criminal)3
LAW 3280DEATH PENALTY SEMINAR (Criminal)3
LAW 3296DISABILITY LAW (Civil)2 or 3
LAW 3334EMPLOYMENT LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3324ELECTION LAW SEMINAR (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3333EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION (Civil)3
LAW 3393ETHICS & THE PRACT OF CRIM LAW (Criminal)3
LAW 3412FAMILY LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3413FAMILY LAW LITIGATION (Civil)3
LAW 3414FAMILY LAW MEDIATION3
LAW 3420FAMILY LAW SEMINAR (Civil)2 to 3
LAW 3430FED COURTS & FEDERAL SYSTEM (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3485FEMINIST JURISPRUDENCE SEMINAR (Civil)3
LAW 3490FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3502FLORIDA CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (Criminal)3
LAW 3511FOOD LAW AND POLICY SEMINAR (Civil)2
LAW 3943HIST/WESTRN LW&LEG THOUGHT SEM (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3544HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3538IMMIGRATION LAW (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3539IMMIGRATION LITIGAT & ADVOCACY (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3575INT'L CRIMINAL LAW (Criminal)3
LAW 3578INTL DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE SEM (Civil)2
LAW 3584INTERN'L LAW HUMAN RIGHTS SEM (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3115INTRO TO AGING AND THE LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3600JURISPRUDENCE (Civil)3
LAW 3605JURISPRUDENCE SEMINAR (Civil)2
LAW 3612JUVENILE CRIMINAL LAW & PRACT (Criminal)3
LAW 3611JUVENILE LAW SEMINAR (Criminal)2
LAW 3613LABOR LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3216LW & THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (Civil/Criminal)2
LAW 3219LAW & THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TRAVEL CRSE3
LAW 3665LAW & HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY2 to 3
LAW 3660LAW, HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY SEM (Civil)3
LAW 3675LAW & SEXUAL ORIENTATION SEM (Civil)3
LAW 3710LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW3
LAW 3765NONPROFITS SEMINAR (Civil/Criminal)2 to 3
LAW 3771POVERTY LAW (Civil)3
LAW 3788RACE AND THE LAW SEMINAR (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3816REPRODUCTIVE TECH & THE LW SEM (Civil)3
LAW 3818ROLE OF LAW DEVL COUNTRIES SEM (Civil)3
LAW 3876SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY&THE LW3
LAW 3217THE FIRST AMENDMENT (Civil/Criminal)3
LAW 3955WORKER SAFETY LAW & POLICY SEM (Civil)3

NOTE: The elective courses listed above may not be offered in a particular semester, and some may not be offered regularly in the academic year. Note also that courses may be listed as mandatory (for the criminal or civil track) and also listed as "elective courses." Thus a student in the criminal track may, with approval of the faculty mentor, enroll in an appropriate elective course in civil law. However, no course may be "double-counted," toward the total credit hour requirement for the SJA Concentration. Each student who is in the Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration program will receive academic counseling from Professor Scully, Professor Bickel, or the student's individual faculty mentor regarding preferred electives prior to registration for each term that the student is in the program. Students in the SJA Concentration Program should take the initiative in contacting Professor Bickel or Professor Scully, or their faculty mentor as soon as the elective course offerings are released for each semester, regarding their proposed course schedule for each term. Any change during drop/add must be approved by Professor Bickel or Professor Scully or the student’s faculty member.

Externships and Clinics

Externships and Clinics that qualify for the concentration program:

LAW 4200CHILD ADVOCACY CLINIC5
LAW 4500CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES CLINIC5
LAW 4520CIVIL ELDER LAW CLINIC5
LAW 3315ELDER & DISABILITY LW EXTRNSHP3 or 4
LAW 3317CONSUMER PROTECT EXTERNSHIP3
LAW 3350EQUAL EMPLOY OPP EXTERNSHIP3
LAW 3415FAMILY LAW EXTERNSHIP3
LAW 3454FEDERAL JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP2 to 4
LAW 4532FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC5
LAW 3537HOMELESS ADVOCACY EXTERNSHIP3
LAW 4535IMMIGRATION CLINIC5
LAW 4540INNOCENCE INITIATIVE CLINIC5
LAW 4550PROSECUTION CLINIC5
LAW 4560PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC3 to 5
LAW 4565TAMPA PROSECUTION CLINIC5
LAW 4570VETERAN'S ADVOCACY CLINIC5
LAW 3934US CRT APPEAL VET CLAIM EXTERN7 or 12
Other Selected Externships (as expressly approved)
Student Organization Component:

Each student will be encouraged to maintain active membership, and participate in the programming of at least one of the following approved student organizations, which advance social justice dialogue and student development in the specific field related to the student's course area:

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Constitution Society
  • Amnesty International
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Equal Justice Works
  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • Immigration Law Student Association
  • Innocence Initiative at Stetson Law
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Juvenile Justice Initiative
  • Labor and Employment Law Association
  • Lambda Legal Society
  • Leadership Development Committee
  • Public Service Fellows
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Student Veterans Association