Suffolk Law's Trial Advocacy program was ranked 31st in the nation by U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best Law Schools, the 8th year in a row that it has been ranked in the top 35.

In the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration, you’ll learn from experts with years of experience as judges and litigators. A solid foundation prepares you for a career as a trial attorney in the public or private sector. 

The concentration offers:

  • A comprehensive curriculum in civil and criminal procedure, evidence, advocacy skills, alternative dispute resolution, and legal research and writing
  • Thirteen nationally ranked practice clinics in which students can represent clients in court, plus additional transactional clinics
  • Externships with law firms, judges, government and non-government agencies coupled with a seminar on reflective lawyering
  • Participation in small Trial Advocacy classes
  • A long history of champion moot court and national trial teams
  • Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy

The requirements for the Concentration are rigorous, and those students who take the challenge will be among the best-trained law school graduates in the courtroom.

The curriculum includes five required core courses and participation in a clinical program or supervised externship approved by the faculty director. Students must also choose three electives from an extensive menu of litigation related courses in various areas of substantive law. The core courses provide general litigation skills and the externship or clinical experience gives students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in the real world with clients. Electives allow students to focus on areas of law that correspond to individual interests.

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Classroom learning is essential for a complete legal education. However, at Suffolk we believe that's only a part of the equation—practice-ready lawyers get real-world experience while in school.

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