J.D. students who are interested in focusing their studies on trial advocacy can pursue the Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation. Information about course requirements and offerings can be found below. Please note that registration for the Certificate is required; eligible students should complete a registration form, available here, and return it to Professor Sara Jacobson in Klein 611.

Certificate Requirements

  • Successful completion of 8 Trial Advocacy and Litigation courses in the J.D. program (including ITAP)
  • Attendance at a lecture series drawn from the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy and a Distinguished Advocates capstone lecture series.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in Advocacy courses as well as a 2.50 GPA overall
  • Participation as a witness, juror, or teaching assistant

Required Courses

2nd year day/3rd year evening:

  • ITAP (Evidence and Trial Advocacy in the Fall; Civil Procedure II and Trial Advocacy II in the Spring).

3rd year day/4th year evening:

  • Students must take 3 electives from either Menu A or Menu B below, or earn equivalent credit
  • 1 Litigation clinical (day students only)
  • LL.M. lectures in Litigation Strategy (no credit)
  • Distinguished Advocates’ lecture series (no credit)


Day and evening students must take 2 courses from Menu A (see below), a clinical from the approved list, and 1 course from Menu B. Evening students who cannot take a clinical may substitute another course from either Menu A or Menu B. All students may substitute any Menu A course for a Menu B course.

3L Clinicals

  • Bucks County D.A.
  • Camden Defender
  • City Solicitor: Claims
  • Death Penalty Litigation
  • Philadelphia Defender
  • Domestic Violence
  • Federal Defender
  • Innocence Project
  • Philadelphia D.A.
  • Philadelphia Housing Court
  • SEPTA Tort Litigation
  • Temple Legal Aid (TLAO) – Family Law
  • TLAO – Civil Practice
  • TLAO – Patient Advocacy
  • US Attorney – Bankruptcy
  • US Attorney – Health Care Fraud
  • US Attorney General (general)

3L Menu A Electives

  • Advanced Trial Advocacy (ATA) – Civil
  • ATA – Criminal
  • ATA – Speechmaking
  • ATA – Litigation Strategy
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Motions Practice
  • Advanced Persuasive Strategies
  • Advocacy for Transactional Lawyers
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Anatomy for Litigators
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • International Commercial Mediation
  • Interviewing Negotiating and Counseling
  • Mediation Advocacy and Practice
  • Patent Litigation
  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement
  • Trial Team or Moot Court

3L Menu B Electives

  • Commercial Litigation Strategy
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Consumer Law & Litigation
  • Criminal Tax Litigation & Procedure
  • Death Penalty: Post Trial Review
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Product Liability
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Federal Courts
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Immigration Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Remedies

Students must also attend the Distinguished Advocates’ Lecture Series, the LL.M. Litigation Strategy Lectures, and serve as a TA or mock trial witness or juror.