Basic Degree Requirements

Upon starting the Advocacy LL.M. Program, each student will be assigned a LL.M. advisor; the student must receive approval from theTrial Advocacy Brochure advisor for all course selections. To receive the LL.M. degree, a student needs to earn at least 24 credits, chosen from the designated list of classes. No transfer credits will be accepted.

At least 16 of these credits are to be earned from classroom-based courses and seminars and up to 8 credits can be earned from optional professional writing projects, co-teaching, and externship placements.

Every student must complete (1) the two credit Ethics for Trial Lawyers course, and (2) a two or three credit Advanced Trial Advocacy course before receiving the LL.M. degree. As a prerequisite to the Ethics for Trial Lawyers course, students must have successfully completed a basic ethics course during their JD studies. As a prerequisite to the Advanced Trial Advocacy course, students must have successfully completed a basic trial advocacy course or the equivalent in practice. The satisfaction of prerequisites will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the student’s LL.M. advisor.

The 24 credits needed for the LL.M. degree can be completed in two semesters of full-time study. Part-time students generally complete the Advocacy LL.M. Program in three or four semesters. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA for all course work and complete the program requirements in no more than six semesters.