Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (YR)
Section 1, Fall 22
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This yearlong clinic will introduce third-year students to all aspects of current U.S. Supreme Court practice through live cases. Students earn eight credits (four credits graded on a CR/NC basis awarded in the fall for work done in the fall and possibly the summer and four credits graded on a graded basis for work done in the spring). The graded credits, although awarded for work in the spring, will reflect each student’s performance over the whole year. 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 help identify candidates for Supreme Court review; draft petitions for certiorari, briefs in opposition, amicus briefs, and party merits briefs; and attend mootings and Supreme Court arguments.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Draft petitions and merits briefs, monitor lower court cases, and attend mootings and Supreme Court arguments.
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. Those who wish to enroll must complete an application form, attach the requested documents, and submit them via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org during the preceding spring term. Applications received much after this time will be placed on a wait list; these students will be eligible for consideration only if openings arise. Once those admitted accept their invitation to enroll, NO drops will be permitted. Admitted students may be required to complete a little work over the summer before the clinic begins. Students may enroll in one clinic per semester (on a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering)
*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.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Constitutional Law, Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM