Advocacy Skills Certificate

Students should notify the registrar of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements before the end of their first full academic year.  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 Practicum
  • Mock Trial Competition
  • Mock Trial Council
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Practice in Kansas
  • Pretrial Advocacy
  • Remedies

Clinical / Field Placement Requirement

One of the following:

  • Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program
  • Elder Law Field Placement Program
  • Field Placement Program (assuming appropriate placement)
  • Judicial Field Placement Program
  • Legal Aid Clinic
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Field Placement Program
  • 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 and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance