Civil Advocacy + Dispute Resolution
If you're interested in a career as a civil litigator, enrolling in Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution--one of six concentrations offered by the School of Law--will provide you with the knowledge and skills you'll need.
It will help you master the rules of evidence and procedure and familiarize you with pretrial, trial and alternative dispute resolution skills, such as putting cases together, examining witnesses, conducting oral arguments, negotiating settlements, and representing clients in mediation and arbitration.
The law school has special strengths in this area, including our Center on Dispute Resolution, the Quinnipiac/Yale Workshop on Dispute Resolution and our student-run Society for Dispute Resolution. The law school also offers a mediation certificate training program for students, lawyers and members of the community interested in developing mediation and consensus-building skills.
On the civil advocacy side, we offer introductory and advanced courses in trial practice. Our moot court and mock trial teams compete on regional and national levels, permitting students to hone their skills further as advocates in simulated courtroom proceedings.
Requirements + Courses
Students who earn the certificate for this concentration develop an understanding of a variety of advocacy methods, dispute resolution tools and remedies, in an array of civil law contexts. Skill development focuses on litigation, negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
In order to be eligible for the Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution concentration, you must take Evidence as one of your core electives. Credits for this course do not count toward the 21-credit concentration requirement, but the grade in this prerequisite does count toward the concentration GPA requirement.
- Course Work:
To receive the certificate for this concentration, you must earn 21 civil advocacy and dispute resolution specialty credits, divided as follows:
- Required Course Work: In addition to Evidence (credits for which do not count toward the 21-credit requirement), you must take the following courses. Credits for these courses will count toward your 21-credit concentration requirement.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (2-3)
- Negotiation (2-3)
- Trial Practice (2-3)
- Remaining Credits:
The balance of the credits are to be earned from the following advocacy and dispute resolution-related courses. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are particularly recommended for this concentration. (Not all of these courses are offered every year.)
- Arbitration (2-3)*
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence (2)*
- Civil Procedure (Advanced) (2-3)*
- Conflict of Laws (3)*
- Federal Courts (3)*
- Remedies (3)*
- Representing Clients in Mediation (1-2)*
- Trial Practice (Advanced) (2)*
- Visual Persuasion and the Law (3)*
- Administrative Law (3)*
- Torts (Advanced): Medical Malpractice Litigation (2-3)
- International Litigation in U.S. Courts (3)
- Business Planning (2-3)
- Criminal Procedure, The Adjudicative Process (3)
- Divorce and the Divorcing Family (2)
- Employment Law (3)
- Ethics and the Criminal Justice System (2-3)
- Family Law (2-3)
- Family Law (Advanced) (2-3)
- Federal Income Taxation (4)
- Introduction to Representing Clients (2)
- Juvenile Law (2-3)
- Juvenile Law (Advanced) (2-3)
- Labor Law (3)
- Mediation Seminar (the classroom component of mediation externship independent of the field placement credits) (1)
- Moot Court (1-3)
- Poverty Law (2)
- Tax Procedure - Civil (2)
- Substantial-paper courses or independent study where the paper is devoted to an advocacy and/or dispute resolution topic approved by the concentration director.
- Clinic or externship courses in addition to those required above, as approved by the concentration director.
- Other courses or journal work as approved by the concentration director in consultation with the course instructor
- Competitions: The concentration director may deem participation in a non-credit competition in mock trial, negotiation, or representing clients in mediation to satisfy the requirement of one or two credits of course work in this category.
- Clinical Requirement
At least 3 credits must be earned in a clinic and/or externship placement approved by the concentration director in consultation with the director of the relevant clinic or externship. Credits for IRC do not count toward this clinical requirement.
- Writing Requirement:
A substantial paper or a series of shorter writings that together comprise a substantial amount of written work on a topic or topics related to advocacy and/or dispute resolution. (If you write a substantial paper, you may use that paper to satisfy the law school advanced writing requirement, provided that you meet the guidelines for the advanced writing requirement as catalog.) The topic or topics for the written work used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the concentration director. A paper written for a journal may qualify, if the topic is approved by the concentration director.
Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or better in the coursework used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors. A student may designate the grade in any course or paper as not counting toward the concentration GPA, as long as the course is not required for the concentration, and the student meets the concentration requirements with another course or paper. The concentration director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration (other than the GPA requirement), if they both agree to do so.
Students who are interested in this concentration but fall short of specific credits or coursework may apply for a waiver of requirements, to be granted at the discretion of the concentration director.
For specific information on the program offerings, please contact:
Professor Carolyn Wilkes Kaas
Director of Clinical Programs
Co-Director, Center on Dispute Resolution
Quinnipiac University School of Law
275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518