The Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

  • 2017 U.S. News Rankings: #19 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 & 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 curriculum, and preparation for trial advocacy, client-counseling, negotiation, and mediation competitions.

Center Resources

JD Programs

Prepare for a career in litigation by developing practical skills and an understanding of trial procedures.
Distinguish yourself by honing your practical skills in arbitration, client counseling, mediation, and negotiation.
John Marshall's Externship Program
John Marshall's Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council
ABA/JMLS Criminal Justice Trial Competition