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.
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Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession