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
  • 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

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


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