Certificate in Solo and Small Law Practice

The Certificate in Solo and Small Law Practice

The Certificate in Solo and Small Law Practice is designed for students who desire to practice law as a solo practitioner, in a small law firm or small town or rural area. To earn the Certificate in Solo and Small Law Practice, a student must earn 21 credits from the following courses designated as Required Courses, Electives and Skills Courses which can be found in the Solo Practice and Small Law worksheet.  Students must also complete the writing requirement as set forth below. Students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses in the certificate program to complete the certificate requirements. Additionally, students must earn at least a grade of C+ in any additional individual course counted toward the certificate.

Students are encouraged to declare their intention to participate in the Solo and Small Law Firm Program of Concentrated Study as early as possible so they can plan their remaining course of studies appropriately.


In addition to the 21 credits required from the above listing, students must complete the writing requirement for the J.D. degree in a seminar, as an independent writing requirement or in satisfaction of the writing requirement for Law Review membership. Students must obtain approval of the Faculty Advisor of the paper topic to qualify as satisfying this requirement for the certificate. Students electing to satisfy the writing requirement for the Certificate through a seminar listed in the electives section may not count the writing requirement in satisfaction of the electives.

Learning Outcomes

1.       Students will demonstrate an understanding of the substantive and procedural law related to transactional law, family law, wills, trusts and estate as well as litigation and alternative dispute resolution;

2.       Students will demonstrate the ability to properly apply the accepted standards of professional and ethical responsibility in a small and solo practice environment;

3.       Students will demonstrate the skill of setting up and managing a solo and small law firm, including the ability to use law firm management software, ESI and e-discovery platforms;

4.       Students will demonstrate effective written communication by conducting comprehensive research on a solo and small law firm topic and producing a substantial written work based on that research on a topic approved by the certificate advisor; and

5.       Students will demonstrate the aptitude to analyze and apply both transactional as well as litigation concepts and provide legal advice in an experiential setting including classroom simulations or field placements, such as a clinic, intern or externship.


Students must apply for admission to a Designated Faculty Advisor for the Certificate in Solo and Small Law Practice.  A student may apply for admission beginning with the registration period for the third semester of law school. However, no application may be made after the drop/add period in a student’s final semester.