Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 4

Course Description

This year-long clinic for 3L JDs 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 caseload is expected to include both civil and criminal cases, as well as cases involving government agencies.

Course Requirements

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Civil Procedure (6000)) AND (Criminal Law (6003)) 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. 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: Yes
Course Notes: Students will be responsible for: Cases, assignments, class discussion, and meetings related to caseload. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four will receive a "credit/no credit" grade at the conclusion of the fall semester, and four will receive a letter grade at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Graduation Requirements

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

*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.

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