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243.7 sec. 001 - 9th Circuit Practicum Seminar (Fall 2020)

Instructor: William H. D. Fernholz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Susan Yorke  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Sa 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
On 2020-08-15

W 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 19, 2020
To November 24, 2020

Course Start: August 15, 2020
Course End: November 24, 2020

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 6
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This Seminar is the classroom component for the Ninth Circuit Practicum. Please see the course description for the Practicum (Law 243.7A). The Seminar will introduce the substantive and procedural federal law involved in the Practicum’s appeals and techniques of appellate advocacy. The Seminar will also serve as a forum to workshop the cases and strategies. We will frontload the learning. Students must attend an all-day Seminar meeting on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The Seminar will meet less frequently after the opening briefs are filed in October.

Course Applications
Admission to the Practicum Clinic and the co-requisite Seminar is by application only. The Ninth Circuit requires that a student have completed two thirds of their law school training in order to practice before the Court. As a result, we will consider applications only from rising third-year students. Please apply for the course through our online application. The APPLICATION DEADLINE is April 17, 2020. (Only one application is required for both the seminar and clinic components.) We hope to make offers of admission on May 1st.

The Ninth Circuit Practicum requires students to enroll in both the Practicum and Seminar for the entire academic year. The Fall Seminar is limited to students who are accepted for enrollment in the Practicum for academic year 2020-21. Accepted students will enroll in the Advanced Practicum and Advanced Seminar in Spring 2020 at the appropriate time.

Attendance Requirement
Full attendance at each seminar session and full participation in the clinical portion is mandatory to receive credit for this course.

An information session was held on April 14th. Contact William Fernholz ( for the link to a videorecording of that session.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

The 9th Circuit Practicum (Law 243.7A) is a co-requisite.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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