Mastering your advocacy skills
The Trial Advocacy program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University offers Juris Doctor students the opportunity to develop the skills and experiences needed to effectively represent clients in litigation, including criminal prosecution, criminal defense, and civil litigation.
Students in the Trial Advocacy program focus on litigation-related courses, including core courses like evidence and advanced civil procedure; skills training classes like The Litigation Experience; and litigation-oriented electives; and highly specialized one-credit, six-week courses, such as Persuasive Speech, International Arbitration, and Litigation & Courtroom Technology.
Students also focus on building relationships with other students pursuing careers in trial advocacy and practicing trial lawyers and judges and engage in activities pertinent to trial advocacy. Trial Advocacy students may be eligible for specific awards and scholarships.
JD students apply for the Trial Advocacy Certificate during the semester before they graduate. The certificate represents to future employers and clients that a student has the knowledge and skills to succeed in litigation through a demonstrated interest in trial advocacy. If you are or may be interested in litigation, participating in the trial advocacy program and attaining the Trial Advocacy Certificate is the path forward.