Legal Writing, Advanced: Appeals

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Day Time
MON 9:50 - 11:40 am

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Paper

Description

Advanced Legal Writing: Appeals offers instruction in advanced written advocacy techniques tailored to the appellate context. The course will build on the foundations established in Persuasive Writing & Advocacy, honing students' brief-writing skills while familiarizing them with each step in the appellate process. Lectures and readings will address common challenges and errors in appellate advocacy, and a series of short exercises will help students put into practice the strategies discussed in class. Students will learn, among other skills, how to synthesize complex facts into clear, persuasive prose; how to precisely and strategically frame issues on appeal; how to analogize and distinguish case law; and how to structure a brief for maximal clarity and strength. The course also includes a research component with particular focus on common issues in appellate practice, such as standards of review, hierarchy among courts, and doctrines of deference and abstention. Individualized feedback will be provided for each assignment, enabling students to confidently construct the full-length brief that will comprise their final grade.