An Appalachian School of law graduate will receive a Certificate in Litigation with a corresponding notation in the student’s permanent academic record if he or she meets the following criteria:
In addition to grade requirements, students must complete all required courses from the first column and at least one elective from the second column to qualify for the Certificate.
- Civil Procedure
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Appellate Advocacy
- *Trial Advocacy
- Criminal Practice, Pretrial Practice, or Family Law Practice
- Advanced Criminal Procedure
- Moot Court (2 credits)
- Virginia Civil Procedure or Virginia Civil Procedure & Practice
Students entering Spring 2018-Fall 2019, must have received a grade of “CP” in each first year required course and have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in the upper level courses that qualify the student to receive the Certificate. Students entering Spring 2020 and after, must have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in the upper level courses that qualify the student to receive the Certificate. Absent approval from the Academic Standards Committee, transferred credits for courses taken at other institutions will be counted with respect to 1L required courses, but will not count towards the Certificate for 2L or 3L courses.
If a student chooses Criminal Practice and Advanced Criminal Procedure as optional courses, the Litigation Certificate will reflect that concentration as a Criminal Litigation Certificate. If a student chooses Pretrial Practice and /or Family Law Practice and/or Virginia Civil Procedure (Virginia Civil Procedure & Practice) and/or Remedies as optional courses, the Litigation Certificate will reflect that concentration as a Civil Litigation Certificate.
The Certificate’s Faculty Advisor, with approval from the Dean and Chief Academic Officer, retain jurisdiction over the implementation, interpretation, and requirements for this certificate program.
*Two years of participation on the Mock Trial team may be substituted for the Trial Advocacy course requirement.