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JD Concentration in Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

The JD Concentration in Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution provides degree candidates career distinction in litigation and dispute resolution by developing practical mediation and courtroom-ready skills. In addition to designated coursework, degree candidates seeking the JD Concentration in Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution will benefit from completing an approved clinic and/or externship (requiring a 711 license) that hones the candidate's practical courtroom experience.

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Students who intend to pursue this concentration are strongly encouraged to consult the faculty director at the end of the semester in which they complete 30 credit hours, in order to ensure that they will be able to complete the concentration.

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JD students may earn only one concentration. Degree candidates interested in enhancing their career opportunities with the JD Concentration in Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution must complete a minimum of 15 credits, including 2 experiential learning credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in trial advocacy and dispute resolution coursework.

Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Students should consult the appropriate concentration faculty director regarding their concentration requirements.

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Trial Advocacy Courses

Students must complete at least two credits from the following list:

Note: TADR 410 credits taken for participation on a trial team may be applied by exception towards Trial Advocacy electives. Credits will not be applied until a request has been made to the Program Director and that request has been approved.

Dispute Resolution Courses

Students must complete at least two credits from the following list:

Note: TADR 410 credits taken for participation on a dispute resolution team may be applied by exception towards Trial Advocacy electives. Credits will not be applied until a request has been made to the Program Director and that request has been approved.

†Concentration candidates interested in these opportunities should contact the program director.

Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.