Civil Litigation Skills

The Concentration in Civil Litigation Skills allows students to demonstrate, in addition to basic knowledge of substantive legal doctrine, completion of coursework focusing on traditional litigation skills, and participation in a clinical experience while in law school. Full-time students should be able to complete the concentration requirements within the existing scheduling schema. Part-time students who are able to take an occasional day/afternoon course and fulfill the clinical requirements will also be able to complete the concentration.

Concentration Requirements

Substantive Courses

1. Evidence
2. Remedies or Federal Courts

Simulated Professional Skills Courses

1. Moot Court I
2. Trial Advocacy I
3. Civil Practice or Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Drafting (satisfies written component for concentration)

Capstone-Clinical Experience (one of below combinations)

  1. Civil Advocacy Clinic I/Civil Advocacy (Litigation Based) OR
  2. Externship Clinic I/Lawyering Practice (Litigation Based) OR
  3. Mediation Clinic/Applied Mediation Skills
  4. Judicial Process Externship/Judicial Ethics and Court Procedure

Electives (2 courses of at least 3 total credit hours)


  1. Advanced Legal Research
  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  3. Civil Rights Law
  4. Client Counseling
  5. Conflict of Laws
  6. Domestic Relations Practice
  7. Electronic Discovery
  8. International Courts and Tribunals
  9. Jury Instructions
  10. Moot Court II
  11. Negotiations
  12. Principles of Insurance in Litigation Practice
  13. Sem: Psychology in the Courtroom
  14. Public Interest Litigation Practice
  15. Trial Advocacy II


Professor Ammann may approve other courses and seminars from semester to semester.

Public Service Component
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in pro bono legal service prior to graduation. Pro bono work may be on behalf of a governmental agency, a non-profit organization, or indigent individuals. SLU LAW's pro bono faculty coordinator is Brendan Roediger.

Concentration Faculty Advisor- John Ammann

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