This course will provide students with instruction in appellate practice and procedure and rigorous skills training in written and oral advocacy in the appellate context. The course will be taught using a combination of lectures, discussion sections, simulations and guest lectures from appellate justices, appellate practitioners and judicial clerks. Students will also observe appellate arguments at the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District. The class will meet once a week for two hours with some of the simulations taking place outside of regular class hours. Students will learn fundamental principles of appellate practice and procedure, including standards of review, preservation of issues for appeal, and creation of the appellate record. Students will also receive advanced training in persuasive legal writing and oral advocacy techniques. Students will then apply these skills in a simulated setting based on an actual appellate case. Students will prepare an appellate brief based on an actual appellate record and will argue the appeal at a mock oral argument.
Enrollment is open to all students, but priority will be given to members of the Moot Court Honors Board and students who have or will be participating in internal or external moot court competitions.
This course is graded. Students will be assessed on the basis of their performance in the following areas: written homework assignments; participation in classroom discussions; quality of there written appellate briefs; and their performance at oral argument.