Appellate Practice

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 18/20
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1330-1530
  • WB162
09/05/2022 12/05/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course will focus on appellate advocacy through a classroom discussion and workshop approach. We will cover the appellate advocacy process in both theory and practice, from threshold appellate issues and preservation; standards of review; judicial decision making; the elements of a persuasive brief; preparing for and delivering an effective oral argument; and drafting an opinion.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Grading will be based on in-class performance (30%), written assignments (40%), and moot court advocacy and judging (30%). Writing and advocacy exercises will be drawn from three cases recently certified by a federal district court for interlocutory appellate review. Each student will be assigned to a group (A, B, or C), and each student will be responsible for briefing one case and judging the others. In certain sessions, we’ll workshop short writing assignments relating to these cases. In certain sessions, class members will provide short “reaction reports” on a pending Supreme Court case; The instructor will post a list in Canvas so that each student can sign up for a case and a particular class session. Students will have two short final written assignments, each due on or before the last day of exams (directly to the instructor, not via EXPO): A summary of argument in your assigned case (not to exceed 1000 words), and an

Other Work
We’ll conclude the semester with moot courts in the assigned cases in which students will participate as advocates and judges.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: 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: Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR) (8603)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This is a participatory class. Attendance is mandatory, and enthusiastic and respectful participation is a vital element of the experience.

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
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: 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