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Certificate in Advocacy

The Certificate in Advocacy is available for students who have a serious interest in the art, science, and law of advocacy. The recipient of the Certificate in Advocacy has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the litigation process, the ability to produce appropriate legal pleadings and other litigation documents, and the ability to try a case proficiently to a judge or jury. The Certificate is an acknowledgment by the Faculty that the student has successfully completed a focused course of study in advocacy.

Course of Study

Required Courses

  • Civil Procedure II (LW 868 - 3 hours) or Criminal Procedure II (LW 839 - 3 hours)
  • Trial Advocacy (LW 766 - 2 hours)
  • Pretrial Advocacy-Civil (LW 765 - 3 hours) or Pretrial Advocacy-Criminal (LW 768 - 3 hours)

Optional Courses

8 hours selected from any of the following "Elective Classes:"

  • Administrative Law (LW 780 - 3 hours)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (LW 753 - 3 hours)
  • Appellate Practice (LW 767 - 2 hours)
  • Arbitration (LW 854 - 2 hours)
  • Capital Punishment Seminar (LW 822 - 2 hours)
  • Child Advocacy Training (LW 913 - 1-2 hours)
  • Civil Procedure II (LW 868 - 3 hours)
  • Constitutional Litigation Seminar (LW 748 - 3 hours)
  • Criminal Appeal Advocacy (LW 903 - 3 hours)
  • Criminal Appeal Advocacy: Advanced Topics (LW 903D - 1-2 hours)
  • Criminal Procedure II (LW 839 - 3 hours)
  • Directed Research (LW 763 - 1-3 hours)
  • Directed Study in Complex Litigation (LW 864 - 2 hours)
  • Externship I (with approval of Advocacy Center Director) (LW 921 - 2-4 hours)
  • Federal Courts (LW 759 - 3 hours)
  • Juvenile Offender (LW 886 - 2 hours)
  • Labor Law (LW 783 - 3 hours)
  • Negotiation (LW 857 - 2 hours)
  • Pretrial Advocacy-Civil (LW 765 - 3 hours)
  • Pretrial Advocacy-Criminal (LW 768 - 3 hours)
  • Remedies (LW 739 - 3 hours)
  • Workers' Compensation (LW 781 - 2 hours)
  • Writing for Law Practice (LW 901 - 3 hours)

Plus 4 hours from any of the following "Elective Skills Training" courses:

  • Advanced Trial Advocacy (LW 724 - 2 hours)
  • Client Counseling (LW 825 - 1-2 hours)
  • Clinic Internship/Litigation (LW 756 - 4-5 hours)
  • Cross Examination Techniques (LW 906 - 1 hour)
  • Forensic Science Evidence (LW 828 - 2 Hours)
  • Interviewing and Counseling (LW 914 - 2 Hours)
  • Jury Selection and Voir Dire (LW 877 - 1 hour)
  • Law Practice Technologies (LW 925 - 2 hours)
  • Litigation Strategies (LW 912 - 3 hours)
  • Mediation (LW 817 - 2 hours)
  • Mediation: Civil (LW 958 - 2 hours)
  • Mediation: Criminal (LW 960 - 2 hours)
  • Moot Court (LW 762 - 1-2 hours)
  • Negotiation Competition (LW 777 - 1-2 hours)
  • Taking and Defending Depositions (LW 907 - 1 hour)
  • Trial Advocacy Competition (LW 805 - 1-2 hours)
  • White Collar Crime (LW 936 - 2-3 hours)

Service Requirements

  1. Complete 10 hours of pre-approved pro bono activities which involve advocacy skills.
  2. Complete 18 hours of pre-approved Advocacy Center activities.
  3. Complete and submit the Advocacy Certificate Service Form within one month of completing any service hours.

Lawyering Experience Requirement

Students earning an Advocacy Certificate must complete a lawyering experience consisting of either Clinic Internship/Litigation, Criminal Appeal Advocacy, or an externship that involves a lawyering experience in an advocacy placement. The Advocacy Certificate administrator, working with the externship coordinator, will determine whether an externship meets the necessary criteria.

General Requirements

Any student interested in pursuing a Certificate in Advocacy must first meet with a faculty member administering the program (Professor Michael Kaye) to declare their interest and plan their course of study. This must be done prior to completing 40 hours of study. Following the meeting the faculty member and student will complete the "Meeting Summary" (27 KB PDF). This faculty member will also serve as the student's Certificate advisor and will approve any waivers or alternative courses allowed or required by the program.

The student must complete 90 hours of total law school credit and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in courses used to satisfy their Certificate requirements. Students who obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for courses used to satisfy their Certificate requirements will be awarded the Advocacy Certificate (with distinction).

Approved by the faculty: May 2005
Effective: January 2006
Updated: April 22, 2013; updated: April 14, 2014.

Faculty Member
Photograph: Michael Kaye.

Michael Kaye
Professor of Law

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Certificates of Concentration

Students at Washburn University School of Law may distinguish themselves in the job market by earning a Certificate of Concentration. The areas of concentration can be completed within the traditional 90 credit hours required for graduation. While students do not declare majors because law school provides a broad foundational education, the certificate program at Washburn Law allows students to formalize an area of specialization within the traditional law school curriculum.

Certificates may be earned in the following areas: