For the second consecutive year, The Advocacy Department at the Sturm College of Law earned a nod in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national evaluation of all law schools and their major department. The Advocacy Department was thrilled to receive a 9th Place ranking.
Last year The Advocacy Department, having been never previously bestowed a position in the rankings, burst on to the national scene with an 11th Place ranking.
Jumping this year to such an esteemed position of 9th Place was met with a collective cheer from the school It was further validation of the law school’s success as it surges ahead, under the direction of Dean Marty Katz and Academic Dean Fred Cheever, to effectively teach professional skills to its students who will one day “Take the Oath.”
In its short existence, The Advocacy Department has seen its National Trial Team advance to The National Championships three of the last four years, won the National Top Gun Championship, and advanced to the National Semifinals in the National Trial Competition last year. Additionally, its moot-based teams (Vis, Jessup, Environmental, ABA) continue to excel in their respective arenas as well. This year, the Department’s Jessup International Moot Court Team advanced to Worlds, in Washington, D.C. For the 2nd year in a row, the Department’s Vis International Arbitration Moot Court Team was crowned Champions of the Shanghai Moot Court Competition.
These achievements are in addition to the department’s establishment of innovative courses and programs such as “The Mentor’s Practicum”, “The Instructor’s Practicum”, a summer “Advocacy Academy” to help area high school students develop their critical thinking skills and professional communication skills, and most of all, a series of lab-based courses, known as the “Day One” series (Day 1 Civil, Day 1 Criminal, Day 1 Domestic), which are designed to escort law school students through every major pleading, discovery, and dispositional stage in the life of a case.
The most exciting aspect is, the department is still in its beginning stages of it development, with much more growth and creativity to follow. As the department’s director, David Schott, was quoted to say, “We are so excited and pleased having received validation from US News for a second consecutive year. We are a small department, but we are very thankful for all of the students, faculty, adjuncts, and alumni, who are devoting their time, energy and creativity. As we like to say, so far everything we’ve accomplished has been just ‘one small step for humankind, but one giant leap for people who like to argue’.”
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