Certificate in Litigation (Criminal, Civil, or General)

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:

Students must take the following courses (25 credits):

  • Civil Procedure I (2 credits)
  • Civil Procedure II (2 credits)
  • Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
  • Evidence (4 credits)
  • Appellate Advocacy (3 credits)
  • *Trial Advocacy (4 credits)
  • Criminal Practice (4 credits), Pretrial Practice (4 credits) or Family Law Practice (2/4 credits)

In addition, a student may complete any combination of the following courses to fulfill the requirement:

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
  • Virginia Civil Procedure (3 credits)
  • Remedies (3 credits)
  • Moot Court (2 credits)

A student must receive a “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. 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 and 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 and/or Remedies as optional courses, the Litigation Certificate will reflect that concentration as a Civil Litigation Certificate.

The Curriculum Committee and Academic Standards, with approval from the Dean and Assistant Dean, 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.