Appellate Drafting

This seminar will focus on understanding the appellate process through an actual criminal case currently pending in either State or Federal Court. Students will be assigned as counsel for appellant or the prosecution, and be required to analyze the record on appeal, assess the lower court decisions and legal issues, develop strategies for the statement of facts and argument, and write an appellate brief. The course concludes with oral argument, giving each student an opportunity to practice her/his advocacy skills before a panel of appellate judges, professors, and/or practitioners. Through related readings and class discussions, students will engage in a critical analysis of the appellate judging process, which should help improve each student’s legal writing strategies and skills.  


Important: A student may enroll in only one Advanced Legal Writing course each semester. Further, a student may not repeat any advanced Legal Writing course (all sections of Commercial Drafting and I.P. Drafting count as the same course). None of the drafting courses satisfies the writing requirement.

Credits: 3

Type: SEM

Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? Yes