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Aimed at law graduates who strive to become trial-ready criminal defense attorneys, the LLM in Trial Advocacy program prepares students for practice in federal criminal court by combining classroom instruction on substantive federal criminal law, skills training, and the opportunity for client representation through a placement program with federal defenders' offices throughout the country.

To be considered for admission, you must be a law school graduate who has either taken a bar exam or plans to take the bar exam prior to beginning the program. Bar admission is required in order to appear in federal court during the clinical component of the program.

Each application should include undergraduate and JD transcripts of all coursework, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

The application deadline is July 31st of each year; however, admissions are rolling so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by early spring.