Advocacy Skills Certificate


Students who want to hone their skills in trial settings can earn the Advocacy Skills Certificate. By completing the certificate requirements, students gain a solid grounding in all aspects of litigation, while gaining hands-on experience through a related clinic or field placement.

Certificate Requirements

Students should notify the registrar of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements before the end of their first full academic year.

In addition to all other J.D. degree requirements, students must complete the requirements below to earn the Advocacy Skills Certificate.

Core Courses

Complete all three of these courses:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy

Elective Courses

Complete four of the following courses:

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

Clinical/Field Placement Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:

  • 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


Laura Hines
Director, Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Centennial Teaching Professor