Advocacy Certificate

To qualify to obtain the certificate, students during their first year must notify the registrar of their intention to meet the certificate requirements. The students then will receive the certificate if they meet the requirements for the degree Juris Doctor and earn credits as follows:

Required Courses

  • Trial Advocacy
  • Evidence
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Elective Courses

Four of the following:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Litigation
  • Capital Punishment
  • Civil Rights Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Complex Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Criminal Practice in Kansas
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Deposition Skills Workshop
  • Expert Witness Skills Workshop
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Federal Criminal Prosecution
  • International Moot Court Competition
  • Jurisdiction
  • Juvenile Law
  • Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Practice in Kansas
  • Pretrial Advocacy
  • Remedies

Clinical Requirement

One of the following:

  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic
  • Elder Law Externship
  • Externship Clinic (assuming appropriate placement)
  • Judicial Clerkship Clinic
  • Legal Aid Clinic
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic
  • Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies

Course descriptions


Lou Mulligan
Professor of Law and Director,
Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms