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Appellate Advocacy

Appellate Advocacy is an advanced course that teaches the substance of appellate practice and process and develops students skills and judgment as appellate writers and oral advocates. Students will pursue a simulated appeal as the primary pedagogical device, applying core doctrines of appellate review and learning the dynamics of bringing an appeal and how to frame winning issues and arguments. Students will also hone their writing and analytical skills, preparing several pieces of work product that an appellate lawyer would create in the course of pursuing an appeal. Students work will culminate in a final appellate brief and oral argument. The primary goal of the course is to prepare students to be effective appellate lawyers, whether in a clinic, law firm, or other practice setting. As such, the course is demanding, imposes multiple, tight deadlines, and places high value on students ability to work independently. As the payoff, students will gain a strong understanding of major appellate advocacy concepts and the roles of appellate courts and lawyers, as well as more sophisticated skills in case assessment, creative thinking, the writing process, the structure and rhetoric of legal argument, and persuasive writing at the sentence level. Students who complete this course will also be well-prepared to participate in moot court competitions. In the fall 2010 semester, Appellate Advocacy students will represent a defendant in a criminal case, appealing the defendant's conviction and sentence on drug charges. The appeal raises challenging issues of substantive criminal law, statutory interpretation, and administrative law. Students will work collaboratively to devise an appellate strategy and to assess the cases strengths and weaknesses. The final brief and oral argument will be prepared individually, but the course will incorporate peer review and in-class writing critiques at various drafting stages. Enrollment is limited to JD, JD-MBA and AJD candidates. This course does not fulfill upper-level writing requirements. Method of Evaluation: Students will be assessed on the quality of their written submissions and oral argument, and their class participation, including completion of ungraded work.


Catalog Number: LITARB 621
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionConstitutional LawConstitutional Law & ProcedureLegal Skills Development


Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Appellate Advocacy
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 16



Fall 2012
Title: Appellate Advocacy
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 16



Fall 2011
Title: Appellate Advocacy
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 15



Fall 2010
Title: Appellate Advocacy
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Advocacy     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 10