» LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency

trial advocacy studentLL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency is different than most trial advocacy programs because it lets qualified candidates gain nearly unattainable real-world civil or criminal trial experience while in school. Unlike other programs, Chapman's LL.M. in Trial Advocacy gives students who are licensed by the California State Bar the opportunity to participate in a 15-week "residency" in a criminal agency or law firm, where they will routinely make court appearances and handle other pretrial matters. Most will also try at least one complete jury trial. Candidates not licensed by the California State Bar will still be able to receive hands-on trial training from Superior Court Judges and leading jurists, prosecutors, civil litigators and criminal defense attorneys.

Please note that the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program only accepts applications for fall admission.

Learn more about LL.M. admission requirements, program requirements, and cost of attendance.

+ - Faculty

Faculty for the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency receive hands-on trial training from Superior Court Judges and leading jurists, prosecutors, civil litigators, and criminal defense attorneys.

    • Patrick M. Ahle, Former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Anaheim
    • Carolyn Carlisle-RainesOrange County District Attorney's Office 
    • Elizabeth M. Costello, Orange County District Attorney's Office
    • The Honorable Michael Murray, Orange County Superior Court
    • The Honorable James E. Rogan, Superior Court of California

+ - Courses

 Course

Title of Course

Credits

Core Electives

7318

California Evidence

3

7351

Advanced Crim Pro/Adjudicative Process

3

7617

Trial Practice

3

8022

Adv Top: Preliminary Hearings

2

8023

Crim Pro: Practice & Professionalism

2

7589

Externship Criminal

variable

 

 

 

Selected Other Electives

7354

Mediation Clinic for Juveniles

3

7655

Family Protection Clinic - Protective Orders

3

7586

Family Protection Clinic - Immigration

3

7828

Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic

3

7301

Criminal Pro/Police Practice

3

7665

Practice Foundation Criminal Litigation

3

7934

California Street Gangs

3

7850

Directed Research

2-3

7817

California Civil Procedure

3

 

+ - Learning Outcomes

The law school faculty have identified the following learning outcomes as critical to a law degree and to developing the skills needed to become a proficient attorney.

  1. Understanding American Law – LL.M. students with foreign law degrees will demonstrate an understanding of the legal system of the United States by applying (1) the common law and case method, (2) basic principles of legal procedure, and (3) specific content areas relevant to their area of emphasis to propose, assess, justify, and/or recommend resolutions to simulated and real-world legal issues.
  2. Emphasis-Appropriate Content and Analysis – LL.M. students should demonstrate subject matter knowledge and information appropriate to their area of emphasis and their personal and program goals. Students should apply legal rules and information appropriate to their area of emphasis to formulate clear and effective legal analysis and to prepare and recommend solutions to legal problems.
  3. Emphasis-Appropriate Skills – LL.M. students should develop essential skills appropriate to their area of emphasis and their personal and program goals.
-- For Trial Advocacy emphasis students, this primarily means skills appropriate to trial practice.
-- For Business Law emphasis students, this primarily means practice-related legal research and writing, as well as skills such as Negotiation and Mediation for students with those focus
-- For International & Comparative emphasis students, this primarily means academic legal writing (Directed Research/Thesis).
-- For Entertainment Emphasis students, it primarily means real-world negotiating and drafting media-related legal instruments via the Entertainment Law
-- For Tax emphasis students, this primarily means tax-related practice skills and legal research/writing.

+ - Contact Us

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Chapman University Fowler School of Law
LL.M. Programs
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 628-2635
(714) 628-2655 fax
llm@chapman.edu
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