Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR)

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 4
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1130-1250 WB114

Course Description

This year-long clinic for 3Ls will allow students, working in teams and closely with the clinic director, to engage in the hands-on practice of appellate litigation before various federal courts of appeals. The aspiration is that we will take on 6 cases over the course of the year, in addition to the ongoing cases held over from the prior year’s clinic, and that everyone will have an opportunity to work on an opening brief, a reply, moot courts, and an argument. Recent cases have involved direct criminal appeals, habeas/2255, prisoner civil rights, and religious liberty issues, Along the way we might have some other experiences—like a certiorari petition in a case we have lost, or an amicus brief in some other case that presents interesting issues—depending on our capacity and your interests, and how things develop. We will meet weekly as a group to talk about issues in our cases and various important topics of appellate practice and procedure, and also periodically in smaller groups as the needs of our cases require.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Other Work

Students will be responsible for: cases, assignments, class discussion, and meetings related to caseload.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: (Criminal Law (6003)) AND (Civil Procedure (6000)) AND (Evidence (6104)) Third-year JD Status; Students should have Professional Ethics course (Law 7071 or Law 7072) satisfied by the time the class starts OR during the 1st semester of this year-long clinic. Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: LAW 7071 or LAW 7072 can be taken concurrently with this clinic. However, because this course is enrolled via the clinic lottery, which precedes the fall lottery, students are responsible for enrolling themselves in one of those courses in the fall term.

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: NOTE REGARDING ENROLLMENT: Enrollment in this course is obtained via application process administered by the instructor in the preceding spring term. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four will receive an S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) grade at the conclusion of the fall semester, and four will receive a grade of Honors (H), Pass (P) or Fail (F) at the conclusion of the spring semester. In accordance with Academic Policy, H and P grades do not earn grading points, so they do not contribute to a student's grade point average (GPA).

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123819809

Modified Type: Clinical (Excl.)

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Litigation and Procedure

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