Appellate Litigation Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 4

Course Description

This year-long clinic for 3L JDs 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

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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). 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 Notes: 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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