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Appellate Drafting

The focus of this seminar is on understanding the appellate process through an actual criminal case currently pending in either state or federal court.  Students are assigned as counsel for the appellant or the prosecution.  Class members 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 or his advocacy skills before a panel of appellate judges, professors, and practitioners.  Through related readings and class discussions, students will engage in a critical analysis of the appellate judging process.  The writing and litigation skills learned in this course are valuable for aspiring litigators in any area of law.  3 credits.