QWC 652-03 Appellate Advocacy

In this course, students will participate as a group in the writing of the Commonwealth/appellee's brief in an actual criminal case pending in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial or Appeals Court. Participants will read the trial transcript, review and research the issues on appeal, and prepare the appellate brief. There will be additional assignments. If time permits, participants will argue the case orally in mock "moot court" arguments. Students should have a strong interest in effective legal writing. Class attendance is mandatory. Enrollment limitied to 16 students. This course satisfies 2 Writing Units.