Admission to the Program is open to any full-time second- or third-year College of Law student in good academic standing.
Thirty credit hours of required/core and elective courses.
There are no special or additional charges or fees associated with the Program.
A special award (and, subject to continued funding, a monetary prize of at least $500) will be presented to the outstanding Advocacy Program graduate each year. The Award will be based on evaluation by the Advocacy Program instructors and/or overall grade point average and/or grade point average in the required and elective Advocacy Program courses only.
Students must take all required core courses. Because the number of credits will vary depending on which core course a student chooses when alternatives are available (and because Evidence and Trial Advocacy are offered in both 3- and 4-credit formats), satisfaction of core course requirements may fulfill as few as 18, or as many as 22, of the total 30-credit requirement under the Program. Consequently, Program participants may need to take as few as 8, or as many as 12, elective credits. The intention is that all Program participants complete the same total number of core/required plus elective credits - i.e. 30 total credits.
If a student takes Civil Procedure II to fulfill the core course requirement, he or she may take Criminal Procedure as a Group Three elective. Similarly, if Criminal Procedure is taken as the core requirement, Civil Procedure II may be taken as a Group Three elective.
Federal Courts (3) and Conflicts of Law (2) are recommended, but not required. They are included within the Program electives.
There are five elective groups. To assure appropriate balance among the elective groups, the number of credit hours within each group that will count toward satisfaction of the Program’s electives requirement is limited as described below. Even so, students may choose to take additional courses within each Group, the credits for which will count toward the requirement that students successfully complete 89 hours of academic credit to be eligible for the J.D. degree.
As noted in the above listings of Program electives, a number of one-credit courses are included. These courses are generally scheduled to meet once a week (for 115 minutes) over a six-week period. Some one-credit classes are offered during the first six weeks of the semester, while others are scheduled for the last six weeks of the semester. As a consequence, students are able to take at least two of these one-credit courses, one after the other, in a single semester.
For more information contact:
Deana S. Peck, Program Director (Deana.Peck@asu.edu)