Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR)
This year-long clinic will allow students to engage in the hands-on practice of appellate litigation through actual cases before various federal courts of appeals. The students will be paired into teams and will be assigned to handle work on at least two appellate cases in those courts during the course of the year. This work will include identifying the issues to be raised on appeal through factual analysis and legal research, preparing opening and reply briefs persuasively advocating for the client’s position on those issues and, in a number of cases, personally presenting oral argument on the issues to the appellate court. Because of the requirements contained in the student practice rules at the courts of appeals, this clinic is only open to third-year students.
All students in the clinic will be expected to attend a weekly class where key topics of appellate practice and procedure will be taught, along with group discussion of issues relating to the cases then pending in the clinic generally. Student teams will also be engaged in working supervision meetings with the Clinic Director specifically on preparation of the appeals they will be handling for the clinic’s clients. Finally, all students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple moot courts designed to enhance their argument skills. Through this process, students will receive real professional training in the arts of oral and written advocacy, as it is practiced in some of the highest courts in the nation. The clinic’s caseload is expected to include both civil and criminal cases, as well as cases involving government agencies.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.