Criminal Appeals (SD 537)


In Criminal Appeals, students will work through a simulated appeal based on an actual California criminal case. In the process students will learn about criminal appellate practice in California, hone their writing and oral advocacy skills, and engage in a substantive issue of criminal law. The first week of the course will focus on the defense case. We will review the record, brainstorm defense arguments, and draft the defense brief. In the second week of the course, students will switch perspectives and tackle the case from the other side, working on the government's brief. In the third and final week, we will hold oral arguments for the case.


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