Civil Litigation Skills

The Concentration in Civil Litigation Skills allows students to demonstrate, in addition to basic knowledge of substantive legal doctrine, completion of coursework focusing on traditional litigation skills, and participation in a clinical experience while in law school. Full-time students should able to complete the concentration requirements within the existing scheduling schema. Part-time students who are able to take an occasional day/afternoon course and fulfill the clinical requirements will also be able to complete the concentration.

Concentration Requirements

Substantive Courses

1. Evidence
2. Remedies or Federal Courts

Simulated Professional Skills Courses

1. Moot Court I
2. Trial Advocacy I
3. Civil Practice or Pre-Trial Civil Drafting (satisfies written component for concentration)

Capstone-Clinical Experience (one of below combinations)

1. Civil Advocacy Clinic I/Civil Advocacy (Litigation Based) OR
2. Externship Clinic I/Lawyering Practice (Litigation Based) OR
3. Judicial Process Externship/Judicial Ethics & Court Procedure OR
4. Mediation Clinic/Applied Mediation Skills

Electives (2 courses of at least 3 total credit hours)

1. Advanced Legal Research
2. Alternative Dispute Resolution
3. Civil Rights Law
4. Client Counseling
5. Conflict of Laws
6. Electronic Discovery
7. Jury Instructions
8. Moot Court II
9. Negotiations
10. Trial Advocacy II
11. Sem: Psychology in the Courtroom
12. Professor Sanner may approve other courses and seminars from semester to semester.

Public Service Component
Students are required to participate in pro bono legal service prior to graduation. Pro bono work may be on behalf of a governmental agency, a non-profit organization, or indigent individuals. SLU LAW's pro bono faculty coordinator is Brendan Roediger.

Concentration Faculty Advisor- Karen Sanner