In the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, students will develop the core competencies essential to succeed as a litigator, including strong analytical, communication, negotiation, and writing skills. The program also teaches students what litigators do, how they interact with clients and other involved parties, and how litigation really works. They learn to deal effectively with litigation starting in the pretrial stage, when cases may involve complicated discovery disputes and pretrial motions as well as strategy, finance, and ethics.
Current students that plan to fulfill the program’s 20-hour requirement prior to graduation may list the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program as an activity on their resumes. The requirement is met through a combination of Knowledge, Skills, and Experience courses.
Civil Procedure is the foundational course in litigation and dispute resolution.
|Conflict of Laws
|Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
|Criminal Procedure: Investigation
|Evidentiary Challenges in the Courtroom
Skills courses provide the opportunity to apply knowledge to hypothetical disputes. These courses use exercises, writing assignments, and moot arguments to inculcate litigation and dispute resolution skills.
Litigation students would usually take at least one skills course in their second or third year. They also may participate in the Moot Court Competition to hone advocacy skills (and earn extracurricular credit).
Skills courses include:
|Advanced Evidence & Trial Advocacy: Civil
|Advanced Evidence & Trial Advocacy: Criminal
|Advanced Legal Research
|Legal Interviewing & Counseling
|Patent Litigation Practicum
Experience courses allow students to work directly with clients under the direction and guidance of experienced clinical professors or practitioner supervisors. Litigation students would usually spend a summer or semester working as an extern in a litigation-related position and/or enroll in a clinic during their third year.
Related clinics include:
|Criminal Practice Clinic
|First Amendment Clinic
|Immigration Practice Clinic
|Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic
|Youth Opportunity Law Clinic
Seminars & Short Course Examples Include:
|Public Interest Litigation