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Advocacy and Litigation

Effective advocacy requires a robust knowledge of the law, but even the sharpest legal minds need to be able to successfully advocate their clients’ positions. To prepare Penn State Law students to be compelling advocates and litigators, they learn basic legal communication skills in their first year—and put them into practice in the 1L Mock Trial Competition—then have the opportunity to continue with upper-level coursework, advocacy in law clinics, and Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions.

Students may earn Concentration recognition in Advocacy and Litigation using courses from the Selected Courses section below.  J.D. students must earn a minimum of 12 credits and LL.M. students a minimum of 9 credits.  A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required for each course being used toward this Concentration. Upon verification of completion, students will receive a document of recognition.

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Advocacy and Litigation Faculty

Selected Courses:

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced LLM Legal Analysis, Writing and Research
  • Certain Law Clinics (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs approval required)
  • Civil Pre-Trial Practice and Advocacy
  • Civil Procedure (LLMs Only)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Criminal Procedure (LLMs only)
  • Electronic Evidence Seminar
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Evidence
  • Federal Court Practice
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Crimes
  • Global Lawyering in the 21st Century
  • Government Contracts Practice and Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Litigation and Arbitration
  • Labor Law
  • Litigating Cases in the Real World
  • Litigation and Corporate Transactions
  • Mediation of Environmental & Public Conflicts
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Design
  • Remedies
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Research and Writing for Judicial Clerkships
  • The Employment Relationship
  • The US Law of Arbitration
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Veteran Benefits Law
  • Winning Written Advocacy

Additional Experiential Opportunities: