College of Law

Career Compass: A Map for Your Legal Career in Civil Litigation

Civil litigation encompasses the many ways that lawyers help their clients resolve disputes. It’s about much more than trials; civil litigators spend much of their time outside the courtroom. The civil litigation curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed at all stages of civil litigation, such as initiating a lawsuit; the pre-trial process (including discovery and dispositive motions practice); negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and settlement; trial; and appeals.

Careers in civil litigation come in all shapes and sizes. Litigators represent many different kinds of clients, from individuals to large corporations and governments. The topics with which civil litigators deal are even more varied; nearly any area of the law can make its way into civil litigation. Some civil litigators choose to specialize in a particular substantive area, while others have a more general practice. Although particularly valuable to civil litigators, the tools acquired in the civil litigation curriculum are of exceptional value to any lawyer.


Courses required for a J.D. degree are marked with an asterisk (*) below.

Core Curriculum:
Civil Procedure Pleading and Practice*
Civil Procedure Jurisdiction*
Civil Advocacy Clinic
Trial Practice

Specialty Courses:
Advanced Appellate Advocacy Seminar
Advanced Civil Advocacy Clinic
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Litigation

Other Student Opportunities

  • Trial Advocacy Team


Last Updated: 6/27/22