Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1600-1830
  • SL366
08/25/2021 12/01/2021

Course Description

This yearlong clinic will introduce third-year students to all aspects of current U.S. Supreme Court practice through live cases. Working in teams, students will handle actual cases from the seeking of Supreme Court review to briefing on the merits. Classes will meet every week to discuss research memos, drafts of briefs, and other papers students have prepared for submission to the Court. Students will be expected to identify candidates for Supreme Court review; draft petitions for certiorari, amicus merits briefs, and party merits briefs; and attend mootings and Supreme Court arguments. Once enrolled, NO drops will be permitted. Admitted students will be required to complete a little work over the summer before the clinic begins.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Draft petitions and merits briefs, monitor lower court cases, and attend mootings and Supreme Court arguments.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) 3L status and selection via application process; 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: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, the four in the Spring will receive a letter grade and four in the Fall will be on a credit/no-credit basis. Four credits will be allocated to the fall semester and four credits to the spring semester for academic load purposes.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 23, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 03, 11:59 PM