» LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency

Note: The LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Court Residency emphasis is no longer being offered at the Fowler School of Law. All information included below is provided for reference only for current General LL.M. students.

The LL.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.


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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-Raines, Orange 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

Core Electives

  • 7318 - California Evidence (3 credits)
  • 7351 - Advanced Crim Pro/Adjudicative Process (3 credits)
  • 7617 - Trial Practice (3 credits)
  • 8022 - Adv Top: Preliminary Hearings (2 credits)
  • 8023 - Crim Pro: Practice & Professionalism (2 credits)
  • 7589 - Externship, Criminal (credits vary)

Selected Other Electives

  • 7354 - Mediation Clinic for Juveniles (3 credits)
  • 7655 - Family Protection Clinic - Protective Orders (3 credits)
  • 7586 - Family Protection Clinic - Immigration (3 credits)
  • 7828 - Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic (3 credits)
  • 7301 - Criminal Pro/Police Practice (3 credits)
  • 7665 - Practice Foundation Criminal Litigation (3 credits)
  • 7934 - California Street Gangs (3 credits)
  • 7850 - Directed Research (2-3 credits)
  • 7817 - California Civil Procedure (3 credits)

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.

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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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