Litigation: Curriculum & Courses

The Litigation curriculum at Marquette University Law School offers courses covering all stages of litigation from pretrial practice through appeals to prepare lawyers for both civil and criminal law practice.  Students benefit from internships in state and federal trial and appellate courts to learn how judges reason through cases.  The curriculum and practical experiences offered at Marquette provide students with a three-dimensional understanding of litigation practice.

Course descriptions can be found online; please note that not every course is offered each year.  Those courses with an asterisk are either required or elective courses for the Certificate in Litigation.

Foundation Courses
Conflicts of Law*
The Law Governing Lawyers

Civil Litigation
Civil Procedure
Advanced Civil Procedure*
Federal Courts*
Dispute Resolution Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Arbitration Workshop*
  • Mediation
  • Mediation Advocacy
  • Negotiation
  • Restorative Justice
  • Selected Topics in Civil Dispute Resolution

Pretrial Practice

Trial Practice


Appellate Litigation & Judicial Studies
Advanced Brief Writing*
Appellate Writing and Advocacy (prerequisite for Moot Court)*
Brief Writing*
Judicial Decision Making Seminar
The Supreme Court*

Criminal Litigation
Advanced Evidence*
Criminal Law
Criminal Process*
Federal Criminal Procedure*

Specialty Litigation Fields
Advanced Torts Seminar
Enforcement of Constitutional Rights Seminar
Products Liability

Opportunities for Practical Experience

U.S. Judicial Internships:  Appellate Courts*

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Milwaukee and Waukesha
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Judicial Internships: Trial Courts*

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Magistrate Judges
  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court: Civil Division
  • U.S. District Courts in Green Bay and Madison

Supervised Fieldwork
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Centro Legal*
Legal Action of Wisconsin*
Legal Aid Society*

Mediation Clinic
Defender Clinic*
Prosecutor Clinic*
Unemployment Compensation Clinic*

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Quarterly