Appellate Litigation Clinic
Clinic students identify the issues to be raised on appeal through factual analysis and legal research, prepare opening and reply briefs persuasively advocating for the client’s position on those issues and, in a number of cases, personally present oral argument on the issues to the appellate court. Because of the requirements contained in the student practice rules at these courts of appeals, this clinic is only open to third-year students.
Students are expected to attend a weekly class that covers key topics of appellate practice and procedure, and will participate in group discussion of issues relating to the cases pending in the clinic generally. Student teams also meet individually with the clinic director for guidance on preparing the appeals for which they are primarily responsible. Finally, all students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple moot courts designed to enhance their argument skills.
Through this process, clinic students 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. Occasionally, students will work on amicus briefs, petitions for rehearing and petitions for writs of certiorari.
In the News
- 8.9.19 Ballenger ’96 Brings High-Profile Experience to Appellate Litigation Clinic as New Director
- 12.13.18 Clinic Wins Rare Double Appeal
- 7.5.18 Appellate Litigation Clinic’s Work Frees Man Whose Sentence Was 14 Years Too Long
- 2.23.18 2 Law Students Face Off Against 13 Federal Judges
- 1.5.18 Clinic Students May Help Resolve Third Circuit Jurisdiction Question
- 12.19.17 Appellate Litigation Clinic Wins First Case Argued This Term
- 7.21.16 Appellate Clinic Goes Undefeated in Fourth Circuit
- 5.16.16 A Day in Federal Court: Appellate Litigation Clinic Student Dana Wallace '16 Wraps Up Her UVA Law Career by Arguing Before 4th Circuit
- 12.3.15 Immigration, Appellate Clinics Win Key Component of 4th Circuit Asylum Appeal
- 5.7.15 Clinic Students Travel U.S. to Argue Appeals in Federal Courts
- 4.28.14 The UVA Law Appellate Litigation Clinic Wins Fourth Circuit Reversal in Webb Search and Seizure Case (Facebook)
- 3.21.14 Students in Expanded Appellate Litigation Clinic Argue Back-to-Back Cases; Clinic Moving Into New Circuits and Drawing on Faculty Expertise
- 4.3.13 Law School Hires 'West Memphis Three' Attorney to Lead Newly Expanded Appellate Litigation Clinic