The NYLS Advocacy Program will offer students interested in litigation the opportunity to earn an Advocacy Certificate in Civil, Criminal, or Appellate Advocacy. This program will offer students guidance about how to combine skills courses with writing and doctrinal courses to develop proficiency in an area of litigation.
Students interested in litigation can earn an Advocacy Certificate by taking a combination of procedure, writing, and skills courses. The Advocacy Program has three tracks: civil, criminal, and appellate. Each track culminates in a clinical, field placement, or externship experience in which students put the skills they’ve learned into practice.
Choose a track: civil litigation, criminal litigation, or appellate advocacy. You must take at least three courses and at least 7 credits within your track.
— Anatomy of a New York State Divorce Action*
— Children and the Law in Practice
— Deposition Skills
— Drafting: Litigation
— Electronic Discovery
— Family Law in Practice
— Landlord and Tenant Law
— Litigating Copyright and Trademark Cases*
— Medical Malpractice
— Memo and Brief Writing
— Negotiating, Counseling, and Interviewing
— Negotiation: Theory and Practice
— New York Practice
— Pre-Trial Advocacy
— Tax Litigation Seminar
— Visual Persuasion in the Law
Choose one. Students may substitute one of the listed co-curricular programs for an elective with permission of the Advocacy Program Director.
Clinics, Field Placements, and Externships
— Asylum Clinic
— Civil Rights Clinic Seminar*
— Criminal Defense Clinic
— Criminal Prosecution Clinic — (New York County)
— Criminal Prosecution Clinic — (Kings County)
— Education Law Clinic
— Elder Law and Guardianship Field Placement and Seminar
— Externships (Must involve advocacy work and be approved)
— Housing Rights Clinic
— Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic
— New York City Law Department Tort Defense Field Placement and State and Local Government Seminar
— Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic
— Securities Arbitration Clinic
— Moot Court Association
— Trial Competition Team
*Not offered 2020–21
More clinics and courses may be available. Check with the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning.
Students interested in applying to the Advocacy Program can do so here. For questions or inquiries, please contact Director of the Advocacy Program, Professor Mariana Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.431.2173.