Fall 2013
    Law No.: LAW8602
    Sched. No.: 113820845

Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR)
Section 1
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Braga, Stephen L.
Cope, Kevin



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):W, 1410-1530 (SL131)
Credits:4Type:Yearlong clinic
Capacity:10 **This information is current as of 04/24/2014 06:15:14 AM**
Current Enrollment:10 **This information is current as of 04/24/2014 06:15:14 AM**

Course Description:

NOTE: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four will receive a letter grade and four will be graded credit/no-credit. Four credits will be allocated to the fall semester and four credits to the spring semester. All credits and grades will be awarded at the end of the academic year.

This year-long clinic will allow eight students to engage in the hands-on practice of appellate litigation through actual cases before various federal circuit and/or state appellate courts of appeals. The students will be paired into teams and will be assigned to handle work on at least two appellate cases in those courts during the course of the year. This work will include identifying the issues to be raised on appeal through factual analysis and legal research, preparing opening and reply briefs persuasively advocating for the client’s position on those issues and, in a number of cases, personally presenting oral argument on the issues to the appellate court. Because of the requirements contained in the student practice rules at the courts of appeals, this clinic is only open to third-year students.

All students in the clinic will be expected to attend a weekly class where key topics of appellate practice and procedure will be taught, along with group discussion of issues relating to the cases then pending in the clinic generally. Student teams will also be engaged in working supervision meetings with the Clinic Director specifically on preparation of the appeals they will be handling for the clinic’s clients. Finally, all students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple moot courts designed to enhance their argument skills. Through this process, students will receive real professional training in the arts of oral and written advocacy, as it is practiced in some of the highest courts in the nation. The clinic’s caseload is expected to include both civil and criminal cases, as well as cases involving government agencies.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.
ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
PREREQUISITE: Third-year status, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice or
Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients (SC). The professional ethics requirement may be completed concurrently in the fall semester.

Prerequisites:Third-year status, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice or Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients (SC). The professional ethics requirement may be completed concurrently in the fall semester.
This course is on the professional skills course list.