Curriculum

Appellate Advocacy

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Frank Loss, Gabriel Gorenstein, Jodi Mandel, Joyce Adolfsen, Kevin Casey, Marc Fernich, Rosali Vazquez, Stanley Neustadter, Ursula Bentele

This seminar teaches the methodology and strategies of the appellate process. It is taught by members of the faculty with extensive experience in appellate litigation, and it adopts a practical,"hands-on" approach to the development of appellate skills. Faculty use actual transcripts to teach students about the scope and standard of review, the importance of selecting and framing the issues, and the techniques of persuasive brief-writing. The seminar also provides instruction on effective techniques of oral advocacy. The seminar is highly recommended for students participating in Moot Court competitions.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Each student researches the issues and writes a brief based on the minutes of a real case. The brief may be used to satisfy the Upper Class Writing Requirement.