Trial Advocacy Certificate Program (Delaware)
Director: Professor Jules Epstein

The Widener Taishoff Advocacy, Technology, and Public Service Institute offers students an opportunity to develop their knowledge of and proficiency in the fundamental skills essential to becoming a competent, professionally responsible advocate. Students have access to courses covering all basic trial advocacy skills. These courses are presented in a clearly integrated sequence and are taught by Institute-selected instructors using approved material and course outlines.

Admission Requirements
Students must submit an application to the Registrar’s Office by no later than the drop/add period of their final semester. To be awarded a Trial Advocacy Certificate, a student must have an overall cumulative average of 2.8 and a 2.8 cumulative average in all concentration courses.

Required Courses
To be awarded a Trial Advocacy Certificate, students must take the following courses:
  • ITAP or Trial Methods
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Pretrial Methods
  • Advanced Trial Methods
  • Clinic (if the student cannot be acommodated in a clinic, he/she must select an externship or at least two litigation-focused courses approved by the Director)
Writing Requirement:
All students seeking a Trial Advocacy Certificate must take a course approved by the Director which satisfies this writing requirement or prepare a trial advocacy directed research paper.

Contact Information
Director: Professor Jules Epstein
Phone: 302-477-2031
Email: jepstein@widener.edu