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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.

Pilot Concentration Program for the Class of 2020

The Penn State Law faculty has approved this program for current third-year J.D. students and current LL.M. students graduating Spring 2020.  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.

Declare your intent to complete this Concentration - Concentration Declaration Application - Deadline for Spring 2020 Application is January 31, 2020.  

Upon completion of the requirements, submit your academic eligibility – Concentration Completion Application 

Advocacy and Litigation Faculty

Selected Courses:

  • Certain Law Clinics (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs approval required)
  • Civil Pre-Trial Practice and Advocacy
  • Civil Procedure (LLMs Only)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • Global Lawyering in the 21st Century
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigating Cases in the Real World
  • Litigation and Corporate Transactions
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Design
  • Remedies
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Research and Writing for Judicial Clerkships
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Veteran Benefits Law
  • Winning Written Advocacy

Additional Experiential Opportunities: