Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR)

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

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


1130-1250 WB121

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)) Third-year JD Status; 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: Professional Responsibility (LAW 7071 or LAW 7072) must be taken prior to or concurrently with this clinic, and Evidence (LAW 6104) is encouraged but not required to be taken prior to or concurrently with this clinic. Because this course is enrolled via application + the clinic-only lottery preceding the lottery for fall courses, it is the responsibility of students planning to take these courses concurrently with the clinic to obtain them in the lottery or SIS Add/Drop.

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: To be announced via Canvas.

Course Notes: NOTE REGARDING ENROLLMENT: the enrollment process is described at If seats are available in this clinic after the application/lottery process, students must seek special permission from the instructors for a seat. If a student seeking a seat in this class is enrolled in another clinic, enrollment authorization from the instructors from both clinics must be provided to the Student Records Office via email ([email protected]).

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.: 124817961

Modified Type: Clinical (Excl.)

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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