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Trial Advocacy Certificate Program

Jules Epstein, director

The Delaware Law Taishoff Advocacy, Technology, and Public Service Institute offers an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of and proficiency in the fundamental skills essential to becoming a competent, professionally responsible advocate. Students have access to courses covering all basic trial advocacy skills. Courses are presented in a clearly integrated sequence and are taught by institute-selected instructors using approved material and course outlines.

Admission Requirements

Students must submit an application to the Office of the Registrar by no later than the drop/add period of their final semester. For the trial advocacy certificate to be awarded, a student must have an overall cumulative average of 2.8 and 2.8 cumulative average in all concentration courses.

Required Courses

To be awarded a trial advocacy certificate, students must take the following courses:

  • ITAP or Trial Methods <UPDATE LINK
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Pretrial Methods
  • Advanced Trial Methods
  • Clinic (if the student cannot be accommodated in a clinic, he/she must select an externship or at least two litigation-focused courses approved by the certificate program director)
Writing Requirement

All students seeking a trial advocacy certificate must take a director-approved course that satisfies the writing requirement or preparation of a trial advocacy directed research paper.

Related Links

Taishoff Advocacy, Technology, and Public Service Institute 
ITAP
ITAP Delaware 
Certificate Program Applications 

Contact Information

Jules Epstein, director
Phone: 302-477-2031 
Email: jepstein@widener.edu