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Charlotte School of Law offers a unique curriculum that allows students to earn a J.D. degree with an accompanying Certificate in Advocacy. Students who want to become civil or criminal litigators receive specialized practical training to prepare for effective careers in litigation. The Excellence in Advocacy Certificate Program builds on the school's commitment to providing the practical skills necessary to practice law. This challenging certificate program provides students with intensive instruction in "real-life" advocacy skills. Students have the choice of two paths, criminal or civil litigation. The concentrated classroom curriculum, skills simulations and live client experiences allow students to gain advance experience in pre-trial litigation, trial advocacy, client counseling, negotiation and dispute resolution. Through this opportunity to "learn from practice" recipients of the Excellence in Advocacy Certificate obtain the substantive legal knowledge and the practical litigation skills required to be effective litigators in today's highly competitive legal environment.


Students are admitted to the program through application only. Admission into the certificate program requires that the student have a cumulative law school GPA of 2.7 at the time of application. Applicants must demonstrate a passion to litigate cases. Students may apply for admission to the Excellence in Advocacy Certification Program following completion of the fall semester of their 2L year (or equivalent).

Program Requirements

To earn an Excellence in Advocacy Certification a student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in the Required Certificate Courses for their selected path, either criminal or civil. Any student graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, a GPA of 3.5 in the Required Certification Courses who participates in Law Review, Moot Court Honor Board, Trial Advocacy Honor Board or competes in an inter-school advocacy competition approved by the Program Director will receive an Excellence in Advocacy Certification with honors.

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