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Advocacy Certificate of Concentration

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Objective

To help prepare those students planning a career in litigation by ensuring that they take courses particularly applicable to litigation, receive mentoring from members of the faculty with experience and interest in this field and rewarding such students who have demonstrated high degrees of ethics and competence in litigation matters.

Eligibility

Any Stetson Law student in good standing who has completed not less than 30 credits and not more than 45 credits may apply for acceptance into the advocacy concentration program. The director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy will make final determinations on all applications for acceptance into this program based upon consideration of the student's demonstrated commitment to the program and the likelihood that they will be able to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

Requirements

In order to receive at graduation the Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy, a student must make a timely application for inclusion in the program, be accepted into the program, and do the following:

  • Complete at least 21 hours in the Approved Curriculum, including successful completion of the Mandatory Curriculum requirements, with an average G.P.A. of at least 3.0 among all of those courses taken from the Approved Curriculum. Further, the student shall not have received a grade of less than 2.5 (or "S" in any course not graded on the 4.0 scale) in any of those courses taken in the Approved Curriculum;
  • Students must have achieved at least a 2.0 in the following courses: Evidence, Torts, Criminal Law, and R & W I and II and at least a 2.5 in Professional Responsibility. A student, who has not completed any of these courses must be enrolled in the course at the time of acceptance in to the concentration, and must achieve the required grade in these courses or the student will be dropped from the concentration;
  • Participate in the Required Mentoring;
  • Fulfill the advocacy pro bono requirement; and
  • Fulfill his/her writing requirement by writing a paper in the area of litigation.

Course Registration

Students accepted into the Advocacy Concentration Program will be given preference by the registrar for enrollment in any courses listed in the Mandatory Curriculum.

Required Mentoring

Upon being selected into the Advocacy Concentration Program, a student will be assigned a Mentor who is a member of the College of Law faculty. It is understood that no member of the faculty will be assigned more than three such students at any one time. The student will be expected to meet regularly with such Mentor, no less than one time each semester, for the purpose of discussing their advancement toward completion of the requirements for receipt of the certificate in concentration. Further, such students as a prerequisite for registration for each upcoming semester will be required to obtain the approval of their Mentor regarding their course selection. It is the goal of this Required Mentoring that the participating members of the faculty will pass along to the students the benefit of their own experience and/or expertise in the field of litigation. Prior to the student's receipt at graduation of the certificate of concentration, the Mentor will have to attest to the student's successful completion of all requirements for the certificate listed above.

Additionally, each student will be assigned a mentor from the practicing bar in the area of law and geographic location the student intends to practice. The student will be required to be in contact with the mentor at least once a semester to acquire information about their expertise and recommendations.

Advocacy Pro Bono

To receive the Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy, students must perform at least 10 hours of pro bono work on behalf of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, in addition to meeting Stetson University College of Law's graduation requirement for pro bono work. 

Approved Curriculum

Mandatory Curriculum

  • One of the following:
    • Appellate Practice
    • Federal Civil Pre-Trial Practice and Strategy
    • Post Trial & Appellate Practice
    • Pre-Trial Practice
  • One of the following:
    • Arbitration
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Interviewing and Counseling
    • Interviewing and Counseling in Spanish
    • Mediation Skills Training
    • Negotiation and Mediation
  • One of the following:
    • Civil Elder Law Clinic
    • Civil Poverty Clinic
    • Federal Judicial Internship
    • Florida Circuit Court (Appellate) Internship
    • Florida Circuit Court (Trial) Internship
    • Immigration Clinic
    • Local Government Clinic
    • Prosecution Clinic
    • Public Defender Clinic
    • State Supreme Court Judicial Internship
    • US Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims Internship
    • Veterans Appellate Rights Clinic
  • Trial Advocacy

Elective Curriculum

  • Any courses listed under the Mandatory Curriculum section taken in addition to those necessary to satisfy the Mandatory Curriculum requirements
  • Any Stetson Internship program in addition to those referenced in the Mandatory Curriculum section
  • Advanced Civil Trial Skills
  • Advanced Civil Trial Skills - Damages
  • Advanced Civil Trial Skills - Voir Dire
  • Advanced Criminal Evidence Seminar
  • Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Advanced Trial Skills - Appellate Record
  • Advocacy Board (ADR Board, Moot Court Board, Mock Trial Board)
  • Complex Litigation
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Constitutional Litigation
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Depositions
  • ERISA Litigation Skills
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Family Law Litigation
  • Florida Civil Practice
  • Florida Criminal Procedure
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Immigration Litigation and Advocacy
  • International Litigation and Arbitration
  • International Sales Law and Arbitration
  • Military Law
  • Remedies
  • Scientific Evidence Workshop
  • Supreme Court Advocacy and Process
  • Technology in Litigation
  • Tort Law Practice and Skills
  • White Collar Crime

Rose Named Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Charles H. Rose IIIProfessor Charles H. Rose III has been named Stetson Law's first Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Rose directs Stetson Law's Center for Excellence in Advocacy. He joined Stetson's faculty after retiring from the U.S. Army in December of 2004. Since joining Stetson, Rose has written Fundamental Trial Advocacy and co-authored the well-received Military Crimes & Defenses and Fundamental Pretrial Advocacy.
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