Appellate Advocacy: Criminal

Academic Year

This course will introduce students to the legal principles, mechanics, and strategy of appellate advocacy, focusing largely on criminal cases. Students will learn about jurisdiction, finality, preservation of error, harmless error, standards of appellate review, the ethical responsibilities of appellate counsel, issue identification, drafting an appellate brief, and oral argument. Using the record of an actual criminal case, each student will brief and orally argue the appeal, for either the appellant or the respondent.