Supreme Court Appellate Argument (SD 474)


This course will discuss how to develop and structure appellate and constitutional arguments. Class discussion will take place in a live discussion chatroom on the Westlaw/TWEN site. In the chatroom discussion, students will draft arguments related to both current and past United States Supreme Court cases. For example, students will reargue decisions on abortion, school prayer, and search and seizure issues, as well as discussing a number of other important Supreme Court cases. Students will prepare their arguments using briefs filed with the Supreme Court. Students should expect to draft arguments for a case roughly every two weeks. Each student will write a research paper about one case currently filed with the United States Supreme Court. Students will receive substantial research and writing experience.


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