Litigation

Litigation

Students at KU Law preparing for careers as civil or criminal trial lawyers can take advantage of a rich range of curricular and extracurricular options. Experienced litigators and judges teach many courses in this area, which include skills courses, simulation workshops, and clinics.

The Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy serves as an umbrella, organizing the many components of KU Law's litigation program and adding interdisciplinary, outreach and professional networking elements.

Curriculum

First-Year Courses

  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Lawyering
  • Property
  • Torts

Upper-Level Courses

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Advanced Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust Law
  • The Art of Advocacy
  • Business Association I and II or Business Organizations
  • Complex Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Criminal Practice in Kansas
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Deposition Skills Workshop
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Evidence (required)
  • Expert Witness Workshop
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Criminal Prosecution
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Practice in Kansas
  • Pretrial Advocacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Responsibility (required)
  • Torts II
  • Trial Advocacy

Course descriptions

Advocacy Certificate

Effective advocacy requires a solid grounding in all aspects of litigation — planning the lawsuit, pretrial practices and procedures, trial advocacy, and post-trial matters — and in alternative forms of dispute resolution. The Advocacy Certificate provides the means for students to develop basic knowledge and skills in effective advocacy.

Clinics

Students have a number of opportunities to work with live clients in clinics that give them litigation training in a real-world setting.

Legal Aid Clinic
Students represent indigent citizens of Douglas County, serve as public defenders in municipal and juvenile courts, and represent clients in domestic relations, landlord-tenant, and other civil actions.

Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
Students represent state and federal prisoners in appellate and post-conviction litigation.

Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Students serve as prosecutors in various Kansas state district attorneys offices. Under the supervision of a local prosecutor, they participate in virtually all phases of the criminal process.

Judicial Clerkship Clinic
Students see the court from the bench side as they serve as law clerks to federal and state trial judges.

Elder Law Externship
Students assist supervising attorneys with pre-trial work and with trial and hearing preparations.

Other Opportunities

Moot Court
Students may participate in any of a number of moot court programs with competitions on campus, regionally and nationally, including the National Moot Court Competition, the Jessup International Moot Court, the National Environmental Moot Court, and the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court. They may test out their interviewing skills in the ABA Client Counseling Competition and their trial skills in the American Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Competition. KU Law students have had much success in these competitions.

Traffic Court
Students may participate in the university's Traffic Court as prosecutors or defense lawyers handling appeals of parking citations by KU students, staff and faculty.

 

Questions?

Shelley Hickman Clark
Director, Legal Aid Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor
785-864-5564
sclark@ku.edu
 

Why KU
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  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
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