Completion of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration requires that all Concentration students:

Complete a minimum of twenty three (23) credits in the approved Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration courses;

  • Complete an approved Legal Internship or Clinical Program;
  • Attain upon graduation a minimum cumulative average of 3.25 in such Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration courses and not receive a grade of less than C (2.0)in any such course;
  • Attain upon graduation a minimum cumulative average of 3.00 (B) for the entire J.D. program; and
  • Satisfy the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration's legal writing requirement with either:
    • A paper which meets the standards of the Law School's legal writing requirement, and has been written for an approved Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration course or as part of a Directed Study project with a full time faculty member; OR
    • A Concentration Thesis, which has been written under the supervision of a full time faculty member on a Trial and Appellate Advocacy topic, and has been approved by the Faculty Director of the Concentration; OR
    • A law journal piece or moot court brief whose subject matter comes within the scope of a Concentration course, and has been approved by the Faculty Director of the Concentration.
  • None of these requirements may be waived for any Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration students.

As soon as a Concentration student has met these stated criteria, the student should complete and file a Notice of Concentration Completion form with the Registrar's office. This form lists all Concentration courses taken, the grades received, the credits received for Concentration courses and the successful completion of the writing requirement.

GRADUATION HONORS

  • Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration students who have met all the criteria noted above, to the satisfaction of the Concentration Faculty Director, will receive a Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration certificate in addition to their Law School diplomas.
  • A notation indicating successful completion of the Trial and Appellate Concentration will appear on a student's final Law School transcripts.

Graduation with Distinction

Students will graduate with the Distinction in the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration if they either:

  • Achieve a cumulative 3.5 grade point average in Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration courses, OR
  • Satisfy all Concentration requirements and complete a Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration Thesis.

Graduation with the Concentration with Distinction will also be noted on students' final Law School transcripts.