Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution

Major: Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
Degree Awarded: Master of Laws (LLM)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 24.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The LLM in Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution will train students to become more effective client advocates in a variety of dispute-related settings. These include client interviewing and counseling, pre-trial advocacy, jury selection, and appellate advocacy. The program is designed to both re-train attorneys whose work has not previously demanded, or taught, such skills, as well as to improve the advocacy skills of attorneys who already work in this area.

The LLM may be taken either part-time or full-time. Students may maintain part-time status by enrolling in a minimum of 5.0 credits per semester. To maintain full-time status, students must enroll in a minimum of 9.0 credits per academic semester. The program is designed to be completed in either one or two years.

Additional information about the Thomas R. Kline School of Law is available on the school's website.

Admission Requirements

The LLM program is open to applicants who have received a JD, an LLB, or a comparable law degree. International applicants must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or similar examination. In addition to test scores, telephone or Skype interviews may also be used for foreign applicants.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but new students will typically begin in the Fall semester.

Degree Requirements

The LLM is a 24-credit program, with 17.0 credits made up of required courses:

Required Courses

LAW 637SAdvanced Evidence3.0
LAW 646SMediation and Arbitration3.0
LAW 904SAdvanced Trial Advocacy: Civil3.0
or LAW 906S Advanced Trial Advocacy: Criminal
LAW 811SExpert Witnesses3.0
LAW 882SLitigation Drafting2.0
LAW 981SLitigation Technology3.0

In addition, students must complete additional credits through electives. Students may complete:

LAW 982SJury Selection2.0
LAW 904SAdvanced Trial Advocacy: Civil *3.0
or LAW 906S Advanced Trial Advocacy: Criminal
LAW 660SE-Discovery & Digital Evidence2.0
LAW 910SAppellate Advocacy2.0
LAW 900SPre-Trial Advocacy2.0
LAW 890SImprovisation for Lawyers1.0

The LLM degree will be conferred only after the student completes 24.0 credits. A student must maintain a GPA of 2.20 each semester and at program completion. 

Sample Plan of Study

Students may complete the LLM in one or two years, depending on whether the student chooses to pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis. A potential plan of study for a full-time student would be as follows:

First Year
LAW 637SAdvanced Evidence3.0
LAW 906SAdvanced Trial Advocacy: Criminal3.0
LAW 981SLitigation Technology3.0
LAW 882SLitigation Drafting2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 11.0
First Year
LAW 646SMediation and Arbitration3.0
LAW 811SExpert Witnesses3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 13.0

School of Law Faculty

Tabatha Abu El-Haj, PhD, LLM, JD (New York University; Georgetown University Law Center; New York University School of Law). Associate Professor. Constitutional law (specifically, First Amendment and election law), popular constitutionalism, administrative law, and the sociology of law.
Bret D. Asbury, JD (Yale Law School). Associate Professor. Civil procedure; law and literature.
Adam Benforado, JD (Harvard Law School). Associate Professor. Law and mind sciences, corporate law and contract law.
Amelia Boss, JD (Rutgers-Camden School of Law). Trustee Professor. Commercial law, including electronic payment systems, bankruptcy and contracts.
Susan Brooks, JD (New York University) Associate Dean for Experiential Learning. Professor. Clinical and co-op education; family law; children's rights; legal ethics.
Chapin Cimino, JD (University of Chicago Law School). Associate Professor. Contract law; constitutional law; law and humanities; higher education law.
David S. Cohen, JD (Columbia University School of Law). Professor. Constitutional law; civil rights; sex discrimination.
Clare Keefe Coleman, JD (Villanova University School of Law) Director of International Student Programs. Assistant Professor. Writing specialist.
Rose Corrigan, PhD (Rutgers University). Associate Professor. Women, public law, American politics and policy.
David DeMatteo, PhD, JD (MCP Hahnemann University; Villanova University School of Law) Director of the JD-PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Associate Professor. Psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy; offender diversion.
Roger J. Dennis, JD (Northwestern University School of Law) Founding Dean. Professor. Corporate law; business organizations; civil procedure; law and economics.
Tracye Edwards, JD (Duke University). Assistant Professor. Human Resources Compliance.
Robert I. Field, PhD, JD, MPH (Columbia University) Joint Appointment in the Drexel University Kline School of Law. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health law; public health law; health system structure; ethics of vaccines; public policy and legal aspects of health reform; genetic privacy.
Daniel M. Filler, JD (New York University School of Law) Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Professor. Criminal law and procedure; sentencing and death penalty; law and society; law and humanities.
Richard H. Frankel, LLM, JD (Georgetown University Law Center; Yale Law School) Director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic. Associate Professor. Appellate litigation, access to justice in areas including consumer, administrative, and immigration law.
Barry Furrow, JD (Harvard Law School) Director of the Health Law Program. Professor. Health law; torts.
Alex Geisinger, LLM, JD (Harvard Law School; University of Connecticut School of Law). Professor. Environmental law; torts; commercial law; behavioral law and economics.
Deborah Gordon, JD (New York University School of Law). Associate Professor. Trusts and estates, gift tax, legal methods.
Beth L. Haas, JD (Villanova University School of Law) Faculty Director for Online Education. Associate Professor. Aviation litigation, product liability defense and toxic torts.
Aimée Kahan, JD (University of Pennsylvania School of Law) Director of Master of Legal Studies Program. Assistant Professor. Health care quality, patient safety, and risk management
Anil Kalhan, MPPM, JD (Yale School of Management; Yale Law School). Associate Professor. Immigration and citizenship law, constitutional law, comparative law and criminal law.
Nancy C. Kraybill, JD (University of California-Los Angeles School of Law) Director of Academic Skills. Associate Professor. Arbitration, mediation, civil litigation and academic skill development.
Amy Landers, JD (University of California) Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program. Professor. Patents and intellectual property law.
Rachel Lopez, LLM, JD (Universite Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne; University of Texas School of Law) Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic. Assistant Professor. Appellate law and the functioning of court and judicial systems; bioethics; reproductive rights; intersection of law and religion.
Amy Montemarano, JD (Rutgers University School of Law – Camden). Assistant Professor. Legal research and writing.
Kevin P. Oates, LLM, JD (Temple University School of Law; Pace University School of Law) Senior Associate Dean of Students. Professor. Legal methods; evidence; conflicts of law; legal ethics.
Karl Okamoto, JD (Columbia University School of Law) Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Law Program. Professor. Entrepreneurship; business organizations; corporate law; venture finance; securities law.
Reena E. Parambath, JD (Temple University School of Law) Director of the Co-op Program. Associate Professor.
Pammela Quinn, JD (Duke University School of Law). Associate Professor. International law and enforcement of legal norms at the international and domestic levels.
Jared Rosenblatt, JD (Hofstra University School of Law) Associate Director of Trial Advocacy Program. Associate Professor. Criminal law, trial advocacy, evidence, professional responsibility, sports law
Terry Jean Seligmann, JD (New York University School of Law) Director of Legal Research and Writing. Arlin M. Adams Professor of Legal Writing. Legal methods; education and special education law.
Norman P Stein, JD (Duke University School of Law). Professor. Pension law; employee benefits; tax law.
Gwen Roseman Stern, JD (Temple University School of Law) Director of Trial Advocacy Program. Professor. Medical malpractice and product-liability law, trial advocacy and community awareness of legal procedures.
Donald F. Tibbs, PhD, LLM, JD (Arizona State University; University of Wisconsin Law School; University of Pittsburgh School of Law). Associate Professor. The overlapping issues of law, civil rights, criminal procedure, race and punishment and professional responsibility.
Emily B. Zimmerman, JD (Yale Law School) Director of the Criminal Law Program. Associate Professor. Legal methods; criminal law and procedure.

Emeritus Faculty

Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD (Yale University, New York University). Professor Emeritus. Law and psychology; mental health law.
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