Applying to the Institute

Applications are accepted in March of each year and every applicant is interviewed for the program. Decisions are made based on applications, resumes, statements of purpose, writing samples, personal interviews, and interest and aptitude for litigation. Students must be in good academic standing to apply to the Institute. Students must also complete at least 24 credits before beginning the program. Students must be available to take day or night classes as they are scheduled.

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Scholarship Opportunities

The Bernard J. Fieger and Walter E. Oberer Scholarships are available to the most promising students in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute. The Scholarships are automatically renewable as long as the recipient maintains good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above). 

Course Restrictions

There is no restriction on the number of certificate and/or concentration programs you may pursue, however, each student must meet the individual requirements for each program.

Additionally, many Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute students are active in Law Review, Moot Court, and the MSU Law Clinical Programs. Obviously each student needs to assume the requisite time and commitments for each activity. Otherwise, there are no limitations or restrictions on participating in more than one program.


Because these courses duplicate the content of courses in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute program, students in the FTPI will not receive academic credit for the following courses:

Civil Trial Advocacy I
Civil Trial Advocacy II
Communication Skills for Lawyers
Criminal Trial Advocacy I
Criminal Trial Advocacy II
Client Counseling
Applied Evidence

This restriction applies to students electing the program in Spring 2008 or thereafter.