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This course will focus on the art and practice of Supreme Court and appellate advocacy through a classroom-workshop approach. The course will offer a comprehensive overview of appellate advocacy covering matters such as how to define the issues for appeal; the process of seeking discretionary review in an appellate court; how to draft persuasive briefs; and how to prepare for and deliver an effective oral argument. It will also introduce students to pathways to a career as an appellate advocate. The centerpiece of the class experience will be interactive writing and oral advocacy exercises. The course will employ a writer’s workshop approach that builds advocacy skills through the sharing of work product and crowd-sourcing of feedback.

Applications will be reviewed on a ‘rolling’ basis. Please send your resume and state of interest to Jane Reader at

Professors Michael Dreeben and Caitlin Halligan