University of Pittsburgh

Civil Litigation Certificate Requirements

Core Courses Evidence (3 credits)
Trial Advocacy (2 credits) or Mock Trial Strategy and Practice (2 credits)
Federal Courts & Federal Litigation or Pennsylvania Practice (3 credits)
Clinic or Practicum (4 credits) Students must take a litigation skills clinic or practicum, or a combination thereof, approved by the Director of Civil Litigation Program for a minimum of four credits.
Required Specialized Skills Courses (two credits each)

Students must take four of these five courses. Only Advanced Torts may be taken during the second year.

Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court (1 credit) Students must participate in the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Program during their second or third year or the Interscholastic Mock Trial Team (enroll in the attendant seminar Mock Trial Strategy and Practice).
Program's Court Observation Students must participate in the Program's Court Observation. Students will spend a day organized by the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County observing court proceedings. Students will fulfill this requirement in their third year.   The dates for the Academic Year 2009-2010 Court Observation are January 22, 2010 or March 12, 2010.  Students must sign up with the Program Director in order to participate on one of these dates.
Upper Level Writing Requirement (2 credits) Students may satisfy this requirement by taking any seminar or undertaking an independent study project if the paper they write is on an unresolved litigation related issue and the issue is approved by the Director of the Civil Litigation Certificate Program and the faculty member supervising the seminar or independent study project. The paper must comply also with applicable requirements of the professor and the Student Handbook relating to the Upper Level Writing Requirement.

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