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When cases in litigation are appealed to a higher court, appellate litigators handle the proceedings. While some litigators manage both trial and appellate litigation, appellate litigation is generally considered a specialty. Although both civil and criminal cases can result in appellate litigation, there are far fewer appellate opportunities for lawyers than trial opportunities.


Day-to-Day Activities

  • Work with the client to identify overall strategy for appeal
  • Analyze the trial record and opinion
  • Identify and narrow the issues for appeal
  • Research and draft the brief(s) for the case
  • Argue the case before the appellate court

Practice Settings

  • Government (Federal, State and Local)
  • Private Practice
  • Interest/Advocacy Groups
  • Trade Associations
  • Unions
  • Public Defenders
  • Courts

Skill Set Required

  • Analytic skills
  • Legal research
  • Written advocacy
  • Oral advocacy
  • Client relations
  • Teamwork

Other Work Types