Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation

Temple is proud to offer students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation.  The certification is designed to promote a deeper understanding of advocacy and to encourage a developmental course of study.  It will be awarded at graduation and students will receive a physical certificate.  Students must register with for the trial advocacy certificate and meet all the below requirements.  3L Day or 4L Evening students who have completed ITAP are eligible to enroll for the certificate.

To earn a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation, students must take 22 credits in Advocacy & Litigation courses in their 2L and 3L years, and attend classes from the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy curriculum.  Students must register for the program, must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in related advocacy coursework, and must earn a 2.50 overall GPA.  To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete ITAP.  During the 3rd or 4th year (evening) students must take upper level advocacy and advocacy related courses from two menus.  Day students must take two courses from Menu A, one course from Menu B, and a clinical from the approved list.  Evening students who are unable to take a clinical must take two courses from Menu A and two courses from Menu B.  Any Menu A course or any approved clinical can be taken to substitute for a Menu B requirement.  All students must attend five LL.M. lectures and also must serve as either 1) a TA for ITAP, ITA, or ATA; 2) a juror for the LL.M. program’s weekend trials; or 3) a witness at the Regional Trial Championship Tournament hosted by Temple in February.

The menu of courses is below.  To register for the certificate, please complete the registration form found here and email it to Sara Jacobson at Sara.Jacobson@temple.edu. 

Menu  A    Menu  B       
ATA: Civil  Conflicts of Law
ATA: Criminal    Consumer Law & Litigation
ATA: Speechmaking   Criminal Appellate Procedure
ATA: Litigation Strategies Criminal Tax & Litigation
Advanced Legal Writing: Effective Motions Practice in Civil Litigation    Commercial Arbitration Law & Procedure
Advocacy for Transactional Lawyers  Death Penalty  
Appellate Advocacy Drug Product Liability
Anatomy for Litigators eDiscovery 
Alternative Dispute Resolution  Employment Discrimination
Criminal Procedure II Environmental Lit.: Contamination & Superfund
Interviewing, Negotiating, & Counseling Federal Courts
Modern Depositions Federal Criminal Law
Orphan’s Court Pleading & Trial Practice  Habeas Corpus
Patent Litigation  International Criminal Law
Persuasion & the Law International Protection of Human Rights   
Remedies Juvenile Justice                                 
Strategies & Ethics in Trial Practice LRW III: Advanced Persuasive Strategies Prosecuting in the 21st Century
Trial Team: one year’s participation  Prosecuting in the 21st Century
Moot court: one year’s participation Products Liability

Clinicals – Day students must take one of the below clinicals.  An additional clinical may be substituted for any Menu B course.

Bucks County District Attorney  Philadelphia District Attorney   
Camden PDs Philadelphia DA: Charging Unit
City Solicitor: Claims Phila Housing Court
Consumer Bankruptcy Assist.  SEPTA Tort Litigation 
Defender Association of Phila Small Claims Mediation
Domestic Relations Mediation State Judicial Clerkship
Domestic Violence Temple Legal Aid- Family Law
Federal Defender Temple Legal Aid- Health Care
Federal Judicial Honors Clinical US Attorney
Immigration Law  US Attorney: Bankruptcy                                  
Innocence Project Ethics in Practice/Practicum[1]

Students must attend five LL.M. Lectures from the following options.  Each LL.M. lecture runs from 6 to 9 p.m. in Klein Hall Room 1C.  Attendance will be taken.  If there is a class conflict, students may request permission from Prof. Jacobson to watch the lectures on Blackboard.  Students will need to write a reflection paragraph on each lecture they attend or watch.  Cell phones are not permitted in the lectures, except in case of emergency, and laptops should be used for class notes only.  If there are any cancellations due to the unavailability of lecturers, notice will be posted on blackboard as soon as possible.  Available lectures include:


9/5         Pre-Trial Fundamentals 1/2         Introduction to Technology
9/12       Pre-trial Depositions 1/9         Trial Technology 
9/20       Depositions II  1/30       Trial Strategy
10/3       Lawyer likeability 2/20       Mediation & Arbitration Advocacy 
10/10     Jury Dynamics  3/7         Mediation & Arbitration II
10/31     Experts and Evidence 3/20       Trial Strategy
11/7      Experts Demonstration 3/27       Trial Strategy
11/14   Experts lecture    

The third requirement is to serve as either:  1) a TA for ITAP, ITA, or ATA; 2) a juror for the LL.M. program’s weekend trials; or 3) a witness at the Regional Trial Championship Tournament hosted by Temple in February.

Information about the LL.M. program related requirements can be found here and information about the juror and RTC requirements can be found here.

All students must register for the certificate.  Registration closes at the end of September.

[1] Ethics in Practice or a Practicum can only count toward the clinical requirement with prior approval by Professor Sara Jacobson.