Appellate Advocacy (LAW-847-001)
Kate Bushman Smith
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This course examines appellate advocacy in civil cases, particularly in federal court. Students will study the fundamentals of appellate procedure, including jurisdiction, standards of review, and issue preservation. The focus of the class is learning effective appellate brief writing and oral argument techniques. The course is experiential and practical, and designed to provide students skills as well as substantive knowledge. Students learn appellate advocacy not only through readings and class discussion, but also through written and oral exercises. Students complete several short writing assignments designed to help them sharpen their written advocacy in the specific context of a federal appellate brief. Students also participate in oral argument exercises in class as advocates and judges, and critique their classmates' oral advocacy in these exercises. The course culminates in a graded Final Oral Argument, which the student presents to a panel of appellate practitioners, and a Final Brief, which is a complete appellate brief drafted in compliance with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and a designated Circuit's Local Rules.
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