Litigation Dispute Resolution Certif icate
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Litigation and Dispute Resolution Certificate Requirements

To receive certification in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, a student must take courses in seven components, constituting at least 22 credits (in addition to the required course in Evidence). Although some courses are listed under more than one component, a course can fulfill only one component.

1. Core Litigation-Related Courses (9 Credits) 
         Remedies, 3 credits - Required*
         Trial Advocacy, 3 credits - Required
         Pretrial Simulation (1 course minimum)
                   Employment Discrimination Litigation, 3 credits 
                   Environmental Practice, 3 credits
                   Judicial Internship, 3 credits (only when approved by the Director upon submission 
                       of  major pretrial research paper written during the internship)
                   Honors Judicial Internship, 6 credits
                   Pretrial Advocacy, 3 credits

2.  Criminal Litigation (1 course minimum)
           Criminal Practice/Procedure I, 3 credits
           Criminal Procedure II, 3 credits

3.  Civil Litigation (1 course minimum)
           Administrative Law, 3 credits
           Conflict of Laws, 3 credits
           Constitutional Litigation, 3 credits
           Federal Courts and Jurisdiction, 3 credits

4. Upper Level Torts, Commercial and Government Litigation (2 credit minimum)
           Administrative Law, 3 credits
           Civil Rights, 3 credits
           Constitutional Litigation, 3 credits
           Intellectual Property Litigation, 3 credits
           Products Liability, 3 credits  
           Scientific and Expert Evidence, 2 credits
           Torts – Advanced Problems, 3 credits 
           Workers Compensation, 2 credits

5.  Advanced Simulation/Moot Court Experience (2 credits minimum)  
            Criminal Motions Practicum, 3 credits
            Employment Discrimination Litigation, 3 credits
            Environmental Practice, 3 credits
            Judicial Internship, 3 credits (only when approved by the Director, upon submission of 
               major pretrial research paper written during the internship) 
            Pretrial Advocacy, 3 credits 
            Moot Court Supreme Day Competition, 2 credits 
            Moot Court Competition — National Competition, 2 credits
            Moot Court — Environmental Law Competition, 2 credits 
            Moot Court — Other Appellate Competition, 2 credits
            Moot Court — National Mock Trial, 2 credits 
            Moot Court — AAJ Mock Trial, 2 credits
            Moot Court — Other Competition, 1 credit

6.  Client Representation Experience (2 credit minimum) 
            Federal Public Defender Internship, 3 credits
            Iowa Civil Rights Commission Internship, 2-3 credits
            Polk County Prosecutor Internship, 3 credits
            Prosecutor Internship, 3 credits 
            Summer IOLTA Poverty Law Internship, Law School-sponsored and supervised by faculty
               under the Iowa Supreme Court Student Practice Rule (minimum 300 hours) 
            United States Attorney’s Office Internship, 3 credits 
            Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic, 4 credits
            Appellate Advocacy Clinic, 3 credits 
            Children’s Rights Clinic, 4 credits 
            Criminal Defense Clinic, 4-6 credits
            Domestic Violence Immigrant Women Clinic, 3 credits
            Elder Law Clinic, 4-6 credits
            General Civil Practice Clinic, 4-6 credits  
            Juvenile Delinquency Clinic, 4-6 credits
7.  Alternative Dispute Resolution (1 credit minimum)
            Legal Interviewing and Counseling,1 credit
            Mediation, 1 credit
            Moot Court — Client Counseling, 1 credit
            Moot Court — Negotiations, 1 credit
            Negotiations, 2 credits

* Remedies, one of the required courses for this certificate will not be offered in the 2014-15 academic year. Students who will graduate in December 2014 or May 2015 can substitute a 3-credit course that will satisfy any of the 7 components of the certificate program to fulfill the Remedies requirement.  The course designated to satisfy the Remedies component cannot be used to satisfy two components. Students still need a minimum of 22 credits.

Last Modified: 9/30/2014 11:26:00 AM by Krista Magill