What do civil rights cases, for example, have in common with mortgage foreclosures, car wrecks, fights over land use, and insurance coverage disputes, to name only a few possibilities? All involve civil litigation, the process by which people, businesses, and even governmental agencies pursue their rights or defend claims brought against them. Marquette University Law School prides itself on a long history of educating superb lawyers, judges, and justices who have dedicated themselves to the civil justice system.
Building on this tradition and taking full advantage of Eckstein Hall’s resources, the Law School offers students an opportunity to obtain the Certificate in Litigation when completing their J.D. degree. The program blends knowledge of legal doctrine, rules, and policy with the development of skills essential to representing clients effectively. Courtroom advocacy is stressed along with the equally critical pretrial stages where complex procedures govern how claims are brought, facts are discovered, and cases are prepared for trial or settlement. Students write briefs, argue motions, and present witness testimony in simulated practice settings; emphasized are the oral and written communication skills that successful lawyers possess. To better understand the litigation process as it unfolds in real cases, students are also offered a wide-range of internships in federal and state courts, various public interest law firms, and designated governmental agencies. For details about the Certificate in Litigation program, click here.