Program Details


Admission to the Program is open to any full-time second- or third-year College of Law student in good academic standing.


Twenty eight credit hours of required/core and elective courses.


There are no special or additional charges or fees associated with the Program.

Advocacy Award

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.

Required core courses

Course Credit Hours
Any one of the Group One - Dispute Resolution Electives listed below that confers 2 or more credit hours 2 or 3
Civil Procedure II (4) or Criminal Procedure (3) 3 or 4
Evidence 3 or 4
Judicial Remedies 3
Trial Advocacy 3
The Litigation Experience 4
Total 18 - 21

Students must take all required core courses.  Students who elect to take both Civil Procedure II and Criminal Procedure (although only one is required) may count one of these courses as a Program core requirement and the other as a Group Three elective. The credit hours conferred for some core courses vary by section or semester. Therefore, satisfaction of core course requirements may fulfill as few as 18, or as many as 21, of the Program's total 28-credit requirement. Consequently, Program participants may need to take as few as 7, or as many as 10, elective credits.  The intention is that all Program participants complete the same total number of core/required plus elective credits - i.e. 28 total credits.

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. Of course, students may choose to take additional courses within each Group for other purposes, such as accumulating the total number of academic credit hours required for the J.D. degree.

Group One - Dispute Resolution Electives

(Not counting the ADR course taken to satisfy Program core course
requirements, no more than three credits may apply toward satisfaction
of the Program's electives requirement)

Course Credit hours
Alternative Dispute Resolution 2
ADR & Employment       2
Arbitration 2
International Arbitration  1
Mediation and Settlement Advocacy  2
Negotiation  3
Client Counseling  1

Group Two - Advanced Advocacy Training Electives

(No more than five credits may apply toward satisfaction
of the Program's electives requirement)

Course Credit hours
Appellate Advocacy 3
Persuasive Speech 1
Litigation & Courtroom Technology 1

Group Three - Advanced Procedural and Practice Area Electives

(No more than nine credit hours may apply toward satisfaction
of the Program's electives requirement)

Course Credit hours
Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice  2
Advanced Criminal Procedure 2
Attorneys’ Fees, Costs and Sanctions 1
Civil Pretrial Practice  2
Claims Against Governmental Entities 1
Class Actions 2
Conflicts of Law 2
Construction Law 2
Creditor Remedies 1
Federal Courts 3
Federal Criminal Practice & Procedure 3
Health Care Fraud Investigations and Litigation 1
Insurance Bad Faith Litigation 1
Jury Selection 1
Land Use Proceedings 1
Mass Tort Litigation 2
Patent Litigation 2
Products Liability Seminar 2
Professional Liability Litigation 1
Prosecuting Trademark Applications 1
Prosecutorial Ethics & Decision-Making 2
Real Estate Foreclosure 1
Real Estate Litigation 1
White Collar Crime 2

Group Four - Evidence-Related Electives

(No more than six credit hours may apply toward satisfaction
of the Program's electives requirement)

Course Credit hours
Arizona vs. Federal Rules of Evidence 2
Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence 2
Fact Investigation I 2 or 3
Fact Investigation II 2 or 3
Law, Accounting & Finance 2
Law, Litigation & Science 3
Real Estate & Business Valuation 2
Scientific Evidence  2
Statistical Evidence 1

Group Five – Clinics

(No more than six credit hours may apply towards satisfaction
of the Program's electives requirement)

Course Credit hours
Civil Justice Clinic 6
Criminal Practice Clinic 6
Immigration Law & Policy Clinic 6
Indian Legal Clinic 6
Juvenile Advocacy Clinic 6
Mediation Clinic 5
Public Defender Clinic 6
Ruth V. McGregor Family Protection Clinic 6

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 2 hours) 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.

Further information

For more information contact: Leslie Mamaghani, Assistant Dean of Educational Programs (