405 Appellate Practice

Please note: This is a one-time spring offering of Appellate Practice, a course normally offered only in the fall semester.  In future years, as in the past, Appellate Practice course will be offered only in the fall semester.  Students who enroll in this spring 2017 course cannot enroll in Appellate Practice next fall.  And a student who has already taken Appellate Practice cannot enroll in this spring course.  This one-time spring offering differs from the usual fall course in several respects.  See below.

This course introduces students to the practice of appellate advocacy and the appellate process. Students learn about strategies for effective advocacy while refining their skills. The central project entails researching and writing an appellate brief followed by an oral argument to the instructor and a practitioner. The entire class will be assigned the same case, with half on one side and half on the other.

This one-time spring 2017 offering differs from the standard Appellate Practice course offered each fall in several respects.  For example, this spring course is not linked to the Dean’s Cup and has nothing to do with the Dean’s Cup or other moot court tournament.  Moreover, unlike the fall course, this spring offering will not involve real judges (in the fall course, students’ briefs and oral arguments are assessed by real appellate judges, who meet with students).  Compared with the fall course, this spring offering course will focus somewhat more on aspects of briefing/writing and somewhat less on oral advocacy.

Course Areas of Practice
Course Type
Simulation
Learning Outcomes
Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession
2018
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

405.02 3
  • Final paper (10+ pages in length)
  • Oral presentation
  • Class participation
Sean E. Andrussier W 6:00-8:00 PM 4042

Please note: This is a one-time spring offering of Appellate Practice, a course normally offered only in the fall semester.  In future years, as in the past, Appellate Practice course will be offered only in the fall semester.  Students who enroll in this spring 2017 course cannot enroll in Appellate Practice next fall.  And a student who has already taken Appellate Practice cannot enroll in this spring course.  This one-time spring offering differs from the usual fall course in several respects.  See below.

This course introduces students to the practice of appellate advocacy and the appellate process. Students learn about strategies for effective advocacy while refining their skills. The central project entails researching and writing an appellate brief followed by an oral argument to the instructor and a practitioner. The entire class will be assigned the same case, with half on one side and half on the other.

This one-time spring 2017 offering differs from the standard Appellate Practice course offered each fall in several respects.  For example, this spring course is not linked to the Dean’s Cup and has nothing to do with the Dean’s Cup or other moot court tournament.  Moreover, unlike the fall course, this spring offering will not involve real judges (in the fall course, students’ briefs and oral arguments are assessed by real appellate judges, who meet with students).  Compared with the fall course, this spring offering course will focus somewhat more on aspects of briefing/writing and somewhat less on oral advocacy.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2017
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

405.01 3 Sean E. Andrussier W 4:00-6:00 PM 3041

This course introduces students to 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 entails researching and writing an appellate brief (for appellants, an opening and a reply brief) and presenting an oral argument. The entire class will be assigned the same case. Half the class will be assigned to represent the appellant and the other half will be assigned to represent the appellee. Each student will be paired against a student from the opposing side for purposes of briefing and oral argument, so that each student can file a responsive brief and deliver a responsive oral argument. The briefs are reviewed and scored by federal appellate judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals, who then preside over and score the oral arguments (each student's brief and argument will be presented to one judge; at the conclusion of each oral argument, each student who participated in that argument will meet one-on-one with the reviewing judge).

Appellate Practice is strongly recommended for those students who plan to participate in the Dean's Cup moot court competition. The problem assigned in the course will be the same one used in the competition. Appellate Practice is strongly recommended for those students who plan to participate in the Dean's Cup moot court competition, as the problem assigned in the course will be the same one used in the competition. But Appellate Practice 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.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2016
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

405.01 3 Sean E. Andrussier W 3:45-5:45 PM 4046

This course introduces students to 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 entails researching and writing an appellate brief (for appellants, an opening and a reply brief) and presenting an oral argument. The entire class will be assigned the same case. Half the class will be assigned to represent the appellant and the other half will be assigned to represent the appellee. Each student will be paired against a student from the opposing side for purposes of briefing and oral argument, so that each student can file a responsive brief and deliver a responsive oral argument. The briefs are reviewed and scored by federal appellate judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals, who then preside over and score the oral arguments (each student's brief and argument will be presented to one judge; at the conclusion of each oral argument, each student who participated in that argument will meet one-on-one with the reviewing judge).

Appellate Practice is strongly recommended for those students who plan to participate in the Dean's Cup moot court competition. The problem assigned in the course will be the same one used in the competition. Appellate Practice is strongly recommended for those students who plan to participate in the Dean's Cup moot court competition, as the problem assigned in the course will be the same one used in the competition. But Appellate Practice 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.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.