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School of Law

Litigation and Advocacy

The litigation and advocacy concentration focuses on the tools needed for a successful career in the courtroom. In required courses, students learn about federal and state rules of evidence, the process of litigation, counseling clients and written and oral advocacy for the clients. Elective courses allow students to branch out into of the issues in litigation and advocacy. An experiential course is required to complete the concentration. The faculty advisers for this concentration are José Anderson and Stephen Shapiro.

Required courses:
Evidence
Trial Advocacy
Litigation Process

Choose one of the following:
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Bench Trial Advocacy
Discovery Practice and Procedure
Federal Jurisdiction Forensic Evidence
Interviewing, Negotiating, and Counseling
Maryland Civil Procedure
Maryland Criminal Practice
Mediation Skills
Remedies
Medical Malpractice Litigation
Maryland Administrative Law

Choose one of the following upper level writing courses:
Appellate Advocacy Workshop
Dispute Resolution Workshop
Electronic Evidence and Discovery Workshop
Evidence Law Reform Seminar
Supreme Court Seminar

Choose one of the following experiential courses or activities:
Appellate Practice Clinic
Civil Advocacy Clinic I
Disability Law Clinic
Family Mediation Clinic
Family Law Clinic I
Immigrant Rights Clinic I
Criminal Practice Clinic
Center for Families, Children & the Courts Student Fellows Program I

While not part of the concentrations requirements, the following courses are recommended for students wanting to specialize in litigation and advocacy:

Administrative Law
Collective Bargaining Seminar
Conflict of Laws
Environmental and Toxic Torts Seminar
Mediating Family Disputes: Theory and Practice
Federal Criminal Practice
Any Inter-school Advocacy Team