The Center for Advocacy oversees and supports the development of courses, activities and events in the four areas of advocacy: Trial Advocacy, Pre-Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy and Client Advocacy.
One of the primary methods by which the Center for Advocacy fulfills its mission is through professional education through simulation. Ideally, a student’s law school experience should progress through these stages:
Indoctrination – In their 1L year, they learn the basics of critical thinking and the theoretical principles of a variety of subject matters areas of law.
Simulation – In their 2L year, benefitting from simulated environments, students apply the critical thinking and theoretical principles learned in their first year.
Application – In their 3L year, students apply their, now-practiced, professional knowledge through externships, internships, jobs, and clinical experiences.
The Center for Advocacy falls firmly in the “Simulation” stage of this educational progression. The CFA plays a key role in law students’ professional development through our approach of applied critical thinking.