Law students can take advantage of earning a specialized certificate while in law school. Each certificate carries its own set of guidelines and offers its own value for highlighting a student’s expertise or area of focus. Third-year certification allows third-year law students to try real cases under the supervision of a licensed lawyer.
Certificate in Trial Advocacy
To qualify for the certificate in trial advocacy students must earn a “C” or better in the courses listed below and maintain at least an average 2.5 GPA.
- Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy
- Advanced Trial Advocacy
- Pretrial Practice and Procedure
- ADR, Negotiation or Mediation
- Scientific Evidence, Advanced Evidence or Digital Evidence
- Pre-approved Litigation Externship
Requirements for the third-year certificate vary by state. Alabama has the following requirements:
- Successfully complete 54 semester hours
- Successfully complete first-year courses
- Successfully complete Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy with a "C" or better in the course
- Registered as a student with the Alabama Bar and have been cleared by Character and Fitness