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Litigation and Dispute Resolution Certificate of Specialization


Juris Doctor students who have demonstrated a specialized proficiency in litigation and dispute resolution may receive a certificate in litigation and dispute resolution in addition to their Juris Doctor degree.

For Students Beginning J.D. Program in 2022 or Later

To qualify for the certificate, students who begin the J.D. program in 2022 or later must complete the following requirements. Note: If you began the J.D. program in 2021 or a previous year, certificate requirements are different and can be found below.

  1. Students must meet all general requirements for a J.D. degree.
  2. Students must complete a total of 17 semester credit hours that must include:
    • Pre-trial Practice (three credits)
    • Trial Advocacy (three credits) or Appellate Practice (three credits) or Mediation/Advanced Negotiation (three credits)
    • And 11 credits of elective study chosen from a range of courses related to litigation and dispute resolution (not all of which are offered each year).*
  3. Students must complete all certificate requirements with at least a B overall average and no grade lower than a B- in courses taken to satisfy the certificate.
  4. Students must complete at least three hours of litigation-focused coursework in a clinic or externship. This coursework must be approved by the associate dean for academic affairs to count toward the certificate. Students may apply a maximum of six externship credits toward the certificate. The six-credit limit for externship hours does not include the hours taken in a required course associated with the externship.
  5. Students may apply a maximum of two semester credit hours earned while participating in litigation or dispute resolution-related competitions, upon approval by the associate dean for academic affairs.
  6. A student may not exercise a CR/NC option in a course that counts toward the certificate.

*Due to the evolving nature of the law school curriculum, new courses or seminars may count toward the certificate course requirements; inquiries about whether a particular course qualifies should be directed to the associate dean for academic affairs, who will consult with the relevant faculty members as necessary. The associate dean for academic affairs also has the authority to remove courses from the list of electives if they are no longer offered. Non-law school courses may be taken to fulfill the elective credit requirement with prior approval by the associate dean for academic affairs. Such courses will be approved by the associate dean for academic affairs in consultation with the relevant faculty members.

Non-law school courses may be taken to fulfill the elective credit requirement with prior approval by the associate dean for academic affairs. Such courses will be approved by the associate dean for academic affairs in consultation with the relevant faculty members.

For Students Who Began J.D. Program in 2021 or Earlier

Students who began their J.D. degree in 2021 or earlier can view the requirements for this certificate hereNote: If you begin the J.D. program in 2022 or later, certificate requirements are different and can be found above.