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Appellate Advocacy Program

Certificate in Appellate Advocacy

Prepare to engage in litigation at the appellate level through a concentration in appellate advocacy. You may choose to earn a Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy and a Certificate in Appellate Advocacy or in Trial Advocacy, depending on your desired career path. A Certificate of Concentration in Appellate Advocacy requires expertise in both oral and written advocacy.

In order to receive a Certificate in Appellate Advocacy, you must complete the following courses with a grade of B- or higher:

  • Lawyering Skills IV (which covers all written discovery devices, complaint drafting, affidavits, and depositions)
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy (competing on a moot court team)
  • Federal Jurisdiction, Conflict of Laws, or Remedies (must choose at least one)

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More on the Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration

“Appellate advocacy is an art form that requires an attorney to persuasively bring a legal issue to life through the written and spoken word. Our rigorous Lawyering Skills program instills in students the foundational skills to become an effective advocate and provides advanced opportunities to hone those skills.”
— Professor Rena M. Lindevaldsen

“The professors are amazing and always make time to answer your questions. With the honest critique of my professors on each brief that I have drafted, my writing has improved substantially.”
— Erika Lukenbill, ’16

“Liberty University School of Law’s training for those wishing to have an appellate practice is second to none. The level of training and actual, practical experience you receive at the law school is remarkable. Indeed, from the very first year, you are acclimated into what appellate advocacy looks like by being part of the 1L moot court tournament.”
— Daniel Schmid ‘12