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Appellate Advocacy (Sanghvi)
Fall 2020   LAW 612-002  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:20PM
Silverman Hall 240A

Nilam Sanghvi

Lecturer in Law

Additional Information
Experiential Course


Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Drafting Legal Documents
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills:

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.



Students in this course will strengthen their ability to persuade through writing and oral argument. We will develop, refine, and practice strategies for persuasion in appellate litigation, and examine how those strategies can be transferred to other areas of legal practice.

The first half of the semester will focus on written advocacy. There will be a series of written assignments, including a client memorandum analyzing issues for appeal; an appellate brief based on an actual case, which will be drafted in sections and edited throughout the semester; and a reflection paper about oral arguments that students will observe in person.

During the second half of the semester, the class will turn its focus to oral advocacy. In class, students will practice oral advocacy through regular “mini-arguments,” moots, and other oral presentations. They will also observe arguments at local appellate courts in person. The semester will end with each student making a final oral argument before a three judge panel.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.


"Making Your Case: The Art of Persauding Judges" by Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner
Edition: 1st edition
Publisher: Thomson West
ISBN: 9780314184719