The Appellate Advocacy Clinic represents low-income clients in all sorts of appeals, both civil and criminal, and in a variety of appellate courts, including the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. Working in pairs, students handle an actual appeal from start to finish, with advice and assistance from their professor, who is counsel of record. Students also travel to Washington, D.C. to observe arguments at the United States Supreme Court.

Each appeal typically involves the following:

  • Putting together the record
  • Issue spotting
  • Research & brainstorming
  • Drafting and revising the appellant’s brief
  • Reviewing our opponent’s brief
  • Drafting and revising the appellant’s reply brief
  • Oral argument – several practice arguments and then the real argument

The Clinic is for third-year students who have displayed proficiency in Legal Writing and Research I and II and in Appellate Advocacy.