The Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

  • 2016 U.S. News Rankings: #16 in the Nation

  • 2015 American Association of Justice Trial Advocacy Competition - Semifinalists

  • 2015 Animal Law Advocacy Closing Argument Competition - National Champion

  • 2015 ABA Client Counseling Competition - Regional Champions

  • 2015 ABA Client Counseling Competition - Second Place

  • 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law Mock Trial Competition - Quarterfinalists


The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution is the nexus of John Marshall's various skills-related programs and courses. Adhering to the theme of "learning from practice," students become advocates through the myriad clinical program placements, concentrated JD and LLM curriculum, and preparation for trial advocacy, client-counseling, negotiation, and mediation competitions.

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Center Resources

JD Programs

John Marshall's Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution offers JD candidates degree specialization and employable distinction in the areas of trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. Part of our nationally ranked Trial Advocacy program, the JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy develops degree candidates' practical skills and understanding of trial procedures, and prepares candidates for careers in litigation. The JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution offers degree candidates enhanced concentration in mediation and negotiation techniques.

The Center also offers JD candidates the opportunity to expand their marketability with practice-ready courtroom skills by earning a joint JD/LLM in Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. The joint degree program prepares JD candidates for the courtroom through hands-on exercises and simulations while saving time and money.

Graduate Programs

The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution offers practicing attorneys marketable courtroom skills that otherwise come only from actual practice. Whether you plan to pursue a position with a firm or as a solo practitioner, your success depends on the advanced skills you bring to court. Designed to offer advanced skills training in trial advocacy, mediation, negotiation, and client-counseling, the LLM in Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution uses hands-on exercises and simulations instead of theory to address employers' demand for practice-ready attorneys.

John Marshall's Externship Program
John Marshall's Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council
John Marshall's Externship Program