Advanced Appellate Advocacy Workshop (SD 498)


An examination of effective techniques in writing apellate briefs and oral argument. After 4.5 hours of online instruction on brief writing including bluebooking, clear writing and the structure of arguments, and organizing to persuade, students write a brief in a closed universe, receive feedback from returning Moot Court members, have another online session on revision and the statement of case and statement of facts. They then redraft the brief which is graded with extensive comments by the Professor. Based on their grades, students are seeded in an oral argument competition of 14 students in two preliminary rounds, leading to quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Post competition, the students have classes on brief writing focusing on common problems in their briefs including roadmaps and transitions, analogizing and distinguishing, making policy arguments, and appellate procedure. This is followed by workshops on oral advocacy.


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