Certificate in Civil Advocacy

  • Section 1. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy must earn a minimum of fifteen (15) academic credits in the courses listed in sections 1.a., 1.b. and 1.c. and must complete at least one of the additional activities described in section 1.d. below. 
    • a. Required Basic Courses: Completion of the following basic courses is required for the NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy: 
      • i. Evidence; 
      • ii. Trial Advocacy ; and 
      • iii. Alternative Dispute Resolution or Mediation Theory and Practice. 
    • b. Required Capstone Courses: Completion of one of the following capstone courses is required for the NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy: 
      • i. Domestic Abuse Clinic; 
      • ii. Elder Law Clinic; 
      • iii. Foreclosure Mediation Clinic;
      • iv. Civil Externship; 
      • v. Judicial Externship, if primarily focused on civil litigation; or 
      • vi. Another externship or clinic primarily focused on civil advocacy, as approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member. 
    • c. Elective Courses: An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy is further required to earn sufficient academic credits from the following list of elective courses in order to meet the fifteen-credit minimum described above: 
      • i. Administrative Law; 
      • ii. Alternative Dispute Resolution or Mediation Theory and Practice, if not counted toward the Required Basic Courses in section 1.a.; 
      • iii. Civil Claim Settlement Law; 
      • iv. Conflict of Laws; 
      • v. Federal Courts; 
      • vi. Illinois Civil Procedure; 
      • vii. Insurance Law, 
      • vii. Legislation, or 
      • viii. Remedies. 
    • d. Required Additional Skills Development Activities. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy must complete at least one of the following co-curricular or extra-curricular activities: 
      • i. Prize Moot Court Competition; 
      • ii. 2L Trial Advocacy Competition; 
      • iii. An external moot court, trial advocacy, client counseling, negotiation, or mediation competition listed in Schedule A
      • iv. Another equivalent internal or external student competition facilitating development of practice skills that is approved in advance for certificate eligibility and added to Schedule A by the supervising faculty member; or 
      • v. Approved Pro Bono Service, as defined by the faculty. 
      • For purposes of this requirement, completion of an activity requires (A) participation in the preliminary rounds of an internal or external student competition and, in the case of external competitions, participation in faculty-supervised practice sessions, or (B) qualification for College of Law Approved Pro Bono Service Recognition. 
  • Section 2. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in Civil Advocacy must also meet the GPA and other requirements set forth in the College of Law Guidelines for Certificate Programs
  • Section 3. At the beginning of any semester, the supervising faculty member, with the approval of the Curriculum Committee, may add courses that are primarily focused on civil litigation or advocacy to the list of Elective Courses under section 1.c.