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LAW 5138: Federal Appellate Advocacy - 2201

Federal Appellate Advocacy
Class Term:
Fall Term 2019-2020
Catalog Number:
Class Number:
Class Schedule:
4:30 pm
6:20 pm
LAW 109


3 (3 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
"W" Writing
Experiential Learning
Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Grading Details

The requirements for this course are: 1. Class participation; 2. Class Preparation. Completing assigned reading from designated materials. 3. Each student will prepare a brief, participate in oral argument and prepare an opinion deciding the case. and 4. No final exam. Class participation, team presentations, brief, oral argument and the opinion will determine each student’s grade. 5. Visit to Supreme Court of United States, Washington, D.C. to view oral arguments on our assigned case on October 31, 2018 (attendance optional).


This course in Federal Appellate Advocacy will select a recent case on appeal from a Circuit Court, where Certiorari has been granted by the U.S. Supreme Court. There will be an emphasis in the course on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, an examination of jurisdiction and standards of review. Students will be paired up to write a brief, present oral argument, decide the case and write an opinion. There may be an opportunity to view oral argument before the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh and arrangements will be made to allow students to visit the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral argument on the selected case.

Federal Appellate Advocacy