Course Information

Course Number




Area of Study & Practice

  • Civil Litigation: Practice and Procedure
  • Legal Skills

JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing
  • Professional Skills

Appellate Practice

This course covers the practice of appellate advocacy and the appellate process. Students learn about the rules of appellate procedure and strategies for effective appellate advocacy while refining their legal writing and oral advocacy skills. The central project is writing a brief and presenting an oral argument in an appellate case, with another student as opposing counsel. The work is graded by judges of the United States Courts of Appeals, who also preside over the oral arguments.

Appellate Practice is strongly recommended for those students who plan to participate in the Dean's Cup moot court competition in the spring. The problem assigned in the course will be the same one used in the competition second semester. Although Appellate Practice is an excellent opportunity to prepare oneself for the Dean's Cup, it is not a prerequisite for participating in the competition. Students who cannot take the course are eligible for the Dean's Cup and are encouraged to participate.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.