Litigation Law Concentration
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Litigation Law Concentration

Advisor: Professor R. Collin Mangrum

Required Core Courses:

A student must take two from the following list:
LAW 308 Advanced Trial Practice (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)
LAW 441 Witness Examination Skills (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 486 Appellate Litigation (3)
LAW 315 Arbitration (2)
LAW 301 Arbitration/Trial Law Theory (1)
LAW 331 Conflict of Laws (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 383 International Arbitration (2)
LAW 394 Legal Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling (3)
LAW 404 Mediation (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 Externships (3)
Selected Independent Studies (1, 2 or 3)
LAW 485 Selected Moot Court Competitions (2)
LAW 455 Trial Practice (3)
LAW 446 Trial Team (3)
LAW 441 Witness Examination Skills (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 (LAW 308)
Arbitration/Trial Law Theory (LAW 301)
Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic (LAW 388)
Trial Team (LAW 446)
Selected Externships*
Selected Moot Court Competitions**
Selected Research Topics (LAW 435) (prior approval required)***

*Qualifying externships must be litigation focused. Qualifying externships include

  • City Attorney's Office Council Bluffs, Iowa (LAW 471)
  • District of Iowa, Council Bluffs, Iowa (LAW 466)
  • Douglas County Attorney's Office (LAW 475)
  • Douglas County Court (LAW 481)
  • Douglas County District Court (LAW 497)
  • Douglas County Public Defender's Office (LAW 472)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Omaha (LAW 490)
  • Immigration Customs Enforcement (LAW 450)
  • Iowa Public Defender's Office, Council Bluffs (LAW 461)
  • Legal Aid of Nebraska (LAW 479)
  • Omaha City Prosecutor's Office (LAW 473)
  • Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office (LAW 489)
  • Sarpy County Attorney's Office (LAW 506)
  • Sarpy County Court (LAW 464)
  • United States Attorney's Office, Omaha, NE (LAW 483- A)
  • United States Attorney's Office, Council Bluffs (LAW 483-B)
  • United States District Court of Nebraska, Omaha (LAW 491)
  • United States Magistrate's Court, Omaha (LAW 493)

**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 concentration advisor and be on a litigation-oriented topic.

Credit hour and GPA requirements:
Students must accumulate a total of 18 hours worth of credit from approved coursework listed above and maintain a 3.0 GPA within the litigation concentration.

Please note that several of the law school's required first and second year courses are relevant to this concentration and are required for all students, including:
LAW 103 Civil Procedure I
LAW 104 Civil Procedure II
LAW 355 Evidence
LAW 341 Criminal Procedure