• Certificate in Advocacy and Problem-Solving (CAPS)

    Integrate ADR with the work of lawyers 

    The Certificate in Advocacy and Problem-Solving, exclusively for Hamline JD students, offers you a window into new ways of conceptualizing and delivering justice. The program puts you in the best position to deliver value to employers and clients who recognize that the best lawyers are skilled problem-solvers.

    Fall 2015 Courses Eligible for CAPS


    Foundation Courses (7 credits)

    Theories of Conflict ( 2 credits). Qualifying courses:

    • Theories of Conflict 
    • Conflict Theories (School of Business course) 

    Negotiation (2 credits). Qualifying courses:

    • Negotiation (Fall and Spring semester, January term and Summer Institute) 
    • Negotiation (Certificate in International Business Negotiation) 

    Evidence (3 credits) (Fall semester, January term, Summer Institute)

    Process Overview (8 credits)

    Mediation (3 credits) (Fall semester, January term, Summer Institute)
    Arbitration (2 credits). Qualifying courses:

    • Arbitration 
    • Introduction to U.S. Arbitration Law: Domestic and International Aspects (London Study Abroad) 

    Litigation (3 credits). Qualifying course:

    • Trial Advocacy (Fall and Spring semester) 

    Advocacy Practice (3 credits) 

    Qualifying courses: 

    • Advanced Legal Research (3 credits)
    • Clinics (3 credits) 
    • Externships (3 credits) or Extended Externships (6 to 12 credits) 
    • Legal Drafting (1 or 2 credits)
    • Moot Competitions (1 or 2 credits) 
    • Pretrial Skills (2 credits)
    • Semester-in-Practice (10 to 12 credits) 
    • Skills Lab (1 credit) 

    Electives (4 credits)

     All courses offered in DRI January Term, Summer Institute, or Study Abroad (other than courses required above), and a wide array of pre-approved electives from the regular law school curriculum, including conflict of laws, federal courts, comparative law, remedies, restorative justice, and multiple seminars and/or selected topics are offered each semester on advocacy and ADR topics.

    The Course Planning Guide, which is updated in advance of each registration period, has a complete list of qualifying elective courses.

    Practice Perspectives Requirement

    You must also complete a "Practice Perspectives Requirement," which helps you engage with practitioners and the issues confronting the field today. Working with your CAPS advisor, you plan a set of experiences to enhance your personal goals. You must complete 6 activities including:

    • 2 CAPS Colloquia: DRI-sponsored programs exclusively for CAPS students and alumni
    • Professional Education (minimum one): Examples include CLE programs, community ADR training, and other educational programs
    • Advocacy (minimum one): Examples include attending a court proceeding, attending a legislative hearing, or volunteering at legal services
    • Problem-Solving (minimum one):Examples include volunteering at a mediation center, participating in Community of Peace student conflict resolution leadership training, shadowing a neutral or lawyer conducting a mediation, or participating in a restorative justice program

    You must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the 22-credit CAPS curriculum.

    Apply now (PDF)

    After your application is received, you receive a letter of acceptance and then must schedule a curriculum-planning meeting.

    Procedure for obtaining your certificate

    Certificates are issued two times a year: at the conclusion of both fall and spring semesters.

    For more information, contact Kitty Atkins (katkins@hamline.edu).