Litigation Concentration

Preparing you for success as a litigator.

Your Litigation certificate from Creighton University School of Law will focus on how to best represent parties in trials, hearings, arbitrations and mediations before local, state and federal courts.

Your Experience

Many of your classes at Creighton School of Law are small. Really small. So you get to know your professors—and your classmates. Your professors are book smart and real-world smart. They bring years of experience and knowledge to the classroom. Take our adjunct professors for example: They’re judges. Prosecutors. Public Defenders. Practicing lawyers at firms. And they’re mentors—eager to share what they’ve learned with you.

Our moot court, trial and negotiation teams compete—and do well.

Recent accomplishments include:

  • Creighton won the Regional Competition for the National Trial Competition (TYLA) in 2014.
  • Creighton took second in the National Jury Voir Dire Competition (Show Me Challenge) in 2014.
  • Creighton advanced to the Nationals of the American Bar Association Arbitration Competition in 2014 (semifinalist) and 2017.

Your Courses

You must earn 18 hours worth of credit and maintain a 3.0 GPA within the Litigation certificate. You’re also required to take an Advanced Trial Practice, Trial Team, or complete a substantial litigation-related project, approved by your advisor.

Required for all law students; only relevant to this certificate

These courses do not count toward the 18 credits needed for the certificate
LAW 103 Civil Procedure I (3)
LAW 104 Civil Procedure II (3)
LAW 355 Evidence (3)
LAW 341 Criminal Procedure (3)

Required core courses

Please select two.
LAW 308 Advanced Trial Practice (3)
LAW 441 Cross Examination (3)
LAW 345 Defense of Criminal Cases (2) or LAW 418 Prosecution of Criminal Cases (2)
LAW 431 Scientific Evidence (3)
LAW 455 Trial Practice (3)
LAW 446 Trial Team (3)

Elective courses

LAW 312 Advanced Legal Writing and Drafting (2/3)
LAW 308 Advanced Trial Practice (3)
LAW 310 Alternative Dispute Resolution (2)
LAW 328 Client Interviewing and Legal Counseling (3)
LAW 486 Appellate Litigation (3)
LAW 315 Arbitration (2)
LAW 301 Arbitration/Trial Law Theory (1)
LAW 331 Conflict of Laws (3)
LAW 348 Criminal Process of Adjudication (3)
LAW 441 Cross Examination (3)
LAW 345 Defense of Criminal Cases (2)
LAW 361 Federal Courts: Jurisdiction and Procedure of the District Courts (3)
LAW 340 Federal Courts: Relations Between Federal Courts and Congress and Between the Federal Courts and the States (3)
LAW 420 Federal Habeas Corpus (3)
LAW 347 Health Care Insurance Law (2)
LAW 376 Health Care Organizations (2)
LAW 391 Health Law Survey (3)
LAW 368 HIPAA Privacy and Security (1)
LAW 383 International Arbitration (2)
LAW 394 Legal Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling (3)
LAW 404 Mediation Process (3)
LAW 388 Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic (4)
LAW 410 Negotiation (3)
LAW 454 Pretrial Litigation (3)
LAW 418 Prosecution of Criminal Cases (2)
LAW 431 Scientific Evidence (3)
Selected Independent Studies (1, 2 or 3)
Selected Externships (3)
LAW 485 Selected Moot Court Competitions (2)
LAW 455 Trial Practice (3)
LAW 446 Trial Team (3)
LAW 445 Wrongful Convictions (3)

Substantial Project

Students must successfully complete a substantial project. Students may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing any of the following courses:

  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Arbitration/Trial Law Theory
  • Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic
  • Trial Team
  • Selected Externships*
  • Selected Moot Court Competitions**
  • Selected Research Topics (prior approval required)***

 

*Qualifying externships must be litigation focused. Qualifying externships include:                                              

  • City Attorney’s Office-Council Bluffs, Iowa                            
  • District of Iowa-Council Bluffs, Iowa                          
  • Douglas County Attorney’s Office                               
  • Douglas County Court                                                  
  • Douglas County District Court                                   
  • Douglas County Public Defender’s Office                              
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Omaha                      
  • Immigration Customs Enforcement                                   
  • Iowa Public Defender’s Office-Council Bluffs                        
  • Legal Aid of Nebraska                                                    
  • Omaha City Prosecutor’s Office                                      
  • Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office                                
  • Sarpy County Attorney’s Office                                       
  • Sarpy County Court                                                          
  • United States Attorney’s Office-Omaha                            
  • United States Attorney’s Office-Council Bluffs                         
  • United States District Court of Nebraska-Omaha                       
  • United States Magistrate’s Court-Omaha

 

**In order for students to receive credit for the substantial project, the student must actively participate in the writing of an appellate brief. The following moot court competitions qualify:                                                                           

  • National Moot Court Competition                                      
  • National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition                   
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition  
  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
  • Externships or moot court experiences not listed above, but approved in advance, may satisfy the substantial project requirement. A student seeking such approval must submit a written request to the law school’s registrar in advance of completing the externship or moot court experience.

 

***In order to qualify, the selected research topic must be approved in advance by the certificate advisor and be on a litigation-oriented topic.