Supreme Court Clinic

UCLA’s Supreme Court Clinic gives students an ideal opportunity to develop appellate litigation skills. Under close faculty supervision, students draft briefs and other filings, help decide which cases to accept, participate in moot courts, discuss pending cases with counsel, and watch oral argument.

In our very first case, Katie Strickland ’11 and Jenny Osborne ’11 helped write the brief for the respondent in Missouri v. Frye, 132 S. Ct. 1399 (2012). “Being part of this case was the highlight of my law school career,” Strickland told a reporter after the Court decided in our favor.

More recently, Rebecca Abel ’12, Maya Ingram ’12, Julius Nam ’12, and Laura Richardson ’12 all worked on an amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case that will be argued in October 2012.

Supreme Court Clinic Students with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
In Spring 2012 we visited the Court, watched oral arguments, spoke with Justice O’Connor, and gave her the priceless stuffed Bruin Bear she is holding.

Last spring we visited the Court, where we watched oral argument. Afterwards we spoke with Justice O’Connor and with Rebecca Bloomekatz ’08, who was clerking for Justice Breyer. “It was incredible to see first-hand how our highest court functions on a day-to-day basis,” said Abbie Stecker ’12.