The Advocacy Institute

The Advocacy Institute gives law students the opportunity to develop and practice their advocacy skills through the guidance of distinguished members of the local bar and bench.

In 2014, the School of Law launched an ambitious initiative that gives students opportunities to develop their skills in the critical task of advocating for their clients. Funded by the law school, the University and private donors, the Institute builds on a history of success in moot court, ADR, and trial advocacy programs, giving students meaningful experience in trial and appellate advocacy and alternative dispute resolution.

Participating law students receive training and coaching from leading trial attorneys and judges who have a passion for law and justice. Through their guidance, students develop the practical skills demanded by law firms and practitioners alike.

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A Message from the Institute Director


Teaching advocacy skills. Offering students opportunities to hone these skills through competition. Connecting experienced advocates with students ready to learn. Demonstrating excellence with winning performances in varying advocacy settings. All this and more has been at the heart of the law school’s work at the University at Buffalo for many decades.

Our Program Directors are leaders in their fields, working with students to bring out their best.  Programs in Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and work through the Innocence and Justice Project offer students a chance to learn while doing, then reflect and perfect.

The Advocacy Institute was created to offer a fulcrum from which multiple avenues of advocacy flourish.  The program directors work with other excellent faculty and volunteers to bring advocacy education to the next level, ensuring that law students who graduate from UB’s School of Law are equipped to become outstanding members of the practicing bar, and succeed in their chosen areas. It is an honor to work with this team.

Kim Diana Connolly,
Director of the Advocacy Institute