Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1130-1250
  • WB127
09/05/2022 12/05/2022
*“R” means Thursday

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

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 (see Concurrencies section). 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 (7071) OR Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice (7072))
Mutually 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 a Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) 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, CR, NC, H, P, and F grades do not earn grading points, so they do not contribute to a student's grade point average (GPA).

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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Clinical (Excl.)
Cross Listed: No
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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