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: credits range from 2 TO 4
APPELLATE PRACT & ADVOC: CIVIL
APPELLATE PRAC & ADV: CRIMINAL
PRE-TRIAL PRACTICE
Select one of the following: credits range from 2 TO 3
ARBITRATION
FAMILY LAW MEDIATION
INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING
MEDIATION SKILLS TRAINING
NEGOTIATION AND MEDIATION
Select one of the following: credits range from 2 TO 12
CHILD ADVOCACY CLINIC
CIVIL ELDER LAW CLINIC
CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES CLINIC
FED GOVT LITIGATION EXTERNSHIP
FEDERAL JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP
FLA CRCT CRT (APPELL) EXTRNSHP
FLA CRCT CRT (TRIAL) EXTRNSHP
IMMIGRATION LAW CLINIC
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLINIC
PROSECUTION CLINIC
PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC
STATE LITIGATION EXTERNSHIP
STATE SUPREME COURT JUD EXTERN
TAMPA PROSECUTION CLINIC
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 externship program in addition to those referenced in the Mandatory Curriculum section.

LAW 3055DADV CIVIL TRIAL SKILLS-DAMAGES1 credit
LAW 3055VADV CIV TRIAL SKILLS-VOIR DIRE1 credit
LAW 3075ADVANCED CRIMINAL TRIAL ADVOCACY2 to 3 credits
LAW 56001COMPARATIVE TRIAL ADVOCACY (Oxford Program)3 credits
LAW 3213CONFLICT OF LAWS2 to 3 credits
LAW 3225CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION2 to 3 credits
LAW 3265CRIM PROCEDURE - ADJUDICATION3 credits
LAW 3270CRIM PROCEDURE-INVESTIGATION3 credits
LAW 3500FLORIDA CIVIL PROCEDURE3 credits
LAW 3502FLORIDA CRIMINAL PROCEDURE3 credits
LAW 3539IMMIGRATION LITIGAT & ADVOCACY3 credits
LAW 3585INT'L LITIGATION & ARBITRATION3 credits
LAW 3587INT'L SALES LAW & ARBITRATION3 credits
LAW 3731MODERN AMERICAN MILITARY JUSTICE (formerly Military Law)2 to 3 credits
LAW 3753MUNICIPAL&ADMIN LAW EXTERNSHIP3 credits
LAW 3810REMEDIES3 credits
LAW 3825SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WORKSHOP2 to 3 credits
LAW 3946WHITE COLLAR ADVOCACY2 or 3
LAW 3947WHITE COLLAR CRIME2 to 3 credits
ADVOCACY BOARD (Dispute Resolution Board, Moot Court Board, or Mock Trial Board)1 to 2 credits