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244.91 sec. 1 - Appellate Competition Intensive (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Anne Gordon  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 1
Meeting Time: Th 3:35-5:35
Meeting Location: 145

Course Start: October 09, 2014
Course End: November 20, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49649

Appellate Competition Intensive is a one-credit crash course in the fundamentals of appellate writing and oral argument. This class is required for members of moot court teams who are not enrolled in the full 3-unit Appellate Advocacy class. Students will learn how to attack their moot court problems from the moment their fact pattern is released: how to walk through the stages of record review and brief writing, as well as some tips and tricks on how to excel at oral argument. Along the way, we'll discuss a bit of the structure and practice of appellate work in the real world.

The aim of this companion class is to give students the essential tools of appellate practice, with an emphasis on effective writing. By the end of this class, and with proper supervision, students will be able to competently and confidently address the problems presented in moot court competitions and in real appellate practice. These skills include reviewing an appellate record, crafting sections of an appellate brief, critiquing written briefs using standard editing shorthand, and outlining and presenting a compelling oral argument. The course is graded CR / NC.

Students must be current members of a Board of Advocates appellate competition team.

Exam Notes: None
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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  • Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
    Ross Guberman
    Edition: Second Edition
    Publisher: Oxford U. Press
    ISBN: 9780199943852
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $21.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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