Certificate in Civil Advocacy
Section 1. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy must earn a minimum of eighteen (18) academic credits in the courses described in sections 1.a., 1.b. and 1.c. and must complete at least one of the additional activities described in section 1.d.
a. Required Basic Courses. Completion of all of the following basic courses is required for the NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy:
ii. Trial Advocacy ; and
iii. Alternative Dispute Resolution or Mediation Theory and Practice.
b. Required Capstone Courses. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy must complete one of the capstone courses listed in Schedule A.
c. Elective Courses. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy is further required to earn sufficient academic credits from the list of elective courses in Schedule B in order to meet the eighteen-credit minimum described above.
d. Required Additional Skills Development Activities. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy must complete at least one of the co-curricular or extra-curricular activities listed in Schedule C. For purposes of this requirement, completion of an activity means
(i) participation in the preliminary rounds of an internal or external student competition and, in the case of external competitions, participation in faculty-supervised practice sessions, or
(ii) qualification for College of Law Approved Pro Bono Service Recognition.
Section 2. An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy must also meet the GPA and other requirements set forth in the attached College of Law Guidelines for Certificate Programs.
List of Capstone Courses for the Civil Advocacy Certificate
Completion of one of the following capstone courses is required under section 1.b:
1. Civil Justice Clinic
2. NIU College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic
3. Foreclosure Mediation Clinic
4. Civil Externship
5. Judicial Externship, if primarily focused on civil litigation and approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member
6. Another externship or clinic primarily focused on civil litigation or advocacy, as approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member
List of Elective Courses for the Civil Advocacy Certificate
Courses selected from the following list of electives may be used to satisfy the requirements in section 1.c:
1. Administrative Law
2. Alternative Dispute Resolution or Mediation Theory and Practice, if not counted toward the Required Basic Courses in section 1.a.
3. Civil Claim Settlement Law
4. Conflict of Laws
5. Federal Courts
6. Illinois Civil Procedure
7. Insurance Law
List of Additional Skills Development Activities for the Civil Advocacy Certificate
Completion of one of the following activities meets the requirements of section 1.c.:
1. Lenny Mandell Prize Moot Court Competition
2. 2L Trial Advocacy Competition
3. ABA Client Counseling Competition
4. ABA Negotiation Competition
5. ABA Advocacy in Mediation Competition
6. Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition
7. Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
8. Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition
9. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
10. John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law
11. National Latino Law Students Moot Court Competition
12. National Moot Court Competition
13. National Trial Competition
14. American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
15. Another equivalent internal or external student competition facilitating development of practice skills that is approved in advance for certificate eligibility and added to Schedule C by the supervising faculty member
16. Civil advocacy related pro bono service approved by the supervising faculty member