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)


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

  • City Solicitor: Claims
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance
  • Philadelphia Defender
  • Domestic Relations
  • Elderly Law Project
  • Federal Defender
  • Federal Judicial Honors Clinical
  • Innocence Project
  • Philadelphia D.A.
  • Philadelphia D.A. Charging Unit
  • Philadelphia Housing Mediation Clinic
  • SEPTA Tort Litigation
  • State Judicial Clerkship
  • Temple Legal Aid Office (TLAO): Community Lawyering
  • 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
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Motions Practice
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Anatomy for Litigators
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • International Litigation and Arbitration
  • Interviewing Negotiating and Counseling
  • Justice Lab Seminar
  • Mediation Advocacy and Practice
  • Patent Litigation
  • Pennsylvania Civil Procedure
  • Social Justice Lawyering Seminar
  • Trial Team or Moot Court: One year’s participation

3L Menu B Electives

  • Access to justice in Civil Matters
  • Commercial Litigation Strategy
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Consumer Law & Litigation
  • Criminal Appellate Procedure
  • Custody Law
  • Death Penalty: Post Trial Review
  • Drug and Medical Device Law
  • eDiscovery
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Federal Courts
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Health Care: Medical Malpractice
  • ICC Moot Court
  • Immigration Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mindful Lawyering

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.