This clinic introduces third-year students to all aspects of current U.S. Supreme Court practice through live cases.
The clinic will generally be a yearlong commitment; for the 2023-24 school year, the clinic will only be offered in the spring.
Typically, students earn eight credits (four credits graded on a S/U basis awarded in the fall and possibly the summer, and four credits on a graded basis for work done in the spring). For the 2023-24 school year only, the clinic will be graded on an H/P/F scale.
Case teams will meet regularly to discuss Supreme Court practice and/or research memos, drafts of briefs, and other papers students have prepared for submission to the court. Class sessions will focus on group case rounds, relevant Supreme Court scholarship, and the ethics of appellate lawyering. Students may be expected to help identify candidates for Supreme Court review; draft petitions for certiorari, briefs in opposition, amicus briefs and/or party merits briefs; and attend mootings and Supreme Court arguments.
To apply during the 2023-24 school year for the spring semester, students should submit an application and rank the clinic during the clinic application/lottery selection process in late September. Because of the limited seats, students who don’t rank the clinic as their first choice in the general clinic application/lottery process may not be considered. Once students are enrolled, NO drops will be permitted.
PREREQUISITE: Third-year status
APPLICATION: Interested students must both rank the clinic in the lottery system and submit an application to the clinic no later than Oct. 4. If you are selected in the clinic application/lottery selection process, you will be automatically enrolled. To apply, forward a resume, an unofficial transcript and a brief letter explaining your interest in the clinic to @email no later than Oct. 4. Selected students will have the clinic posted to their schedules before the commencement of the regular course lottery process.
To be considered for this clinic, students must both rank the clinic in the clinic lottery and submit application materials within the timeline set by the Student Records Office. Students selected for the clinic through the clinic application/lottery process will be automatically enrolled prior to the regular course lottery.
The positions that the clinic takes on behalf of its clients are independent of the views of the University of Virginia or the School of Law.
Research, brief-writing, appellate litigation, mooting argument
CR/NC (fall); letter grade (spring)
8 (4 fall/4 spring)
In the News
Jones v. Hendrix
Cert Granted May 16, 2022
Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc.
Cert Granted June 24, 2019
Quarles v. United States
Cert Granted Jan. 11, 2019
Culbertson v. Berryhill
Cert Granted May 21, 2018
City of Hays v. Vogt
Cert Granted Sept. 28, 2017
Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis
Cert Granted Jan. 13, 2017
Henderson v. United States
Cert Granted Oct. 20, 2014
Anthony D. Elonis v. United States
Cert Granted June 16, 2014
Rosemond v. United States (2013)
Vance v. Ball State University (2012)
Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri (2011)
Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan (2011)
Fox v. Vice (2011)
Kevin Abbott v. United States (2010)
Bloate v. United States (2010)
Vaden v. Discover Bank (2009)
Indiana v. Edwards (2008)
Watson v. United States (2007)
Merits Amicus Briefs
In December 2014, the clinic and Professor Douglas Laycock filed an amicus brief on behalf of the American Jewish Committee and other civil rights and civil liberties organizations in the Abercrombie & Fitch employment discrimination case:
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (2014)
The clinic filed an amicus brief in a case the Supreme Court ruled on (affirming the clinic’s side) in 2012:
Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. (2011)
Clinic Stories (By Date):
4.11.23 A Friend of the Court
9.2.15 U.Va.'s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Wins Big
10.18.10 Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Clinic Case