About the Appellate Advocacy Clinic

The clinic is part of a program administered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that allows third-year law students to serve as counsel of record, brief, and argue an appeal on behalf of a party that would otherwise proceed pro se. The clinic offers a unique opportunity to argue an actual case before the Ninth Circuit and work closely with two faculty members with substantial appellate experience.

Two 3L students are selected to work together, representing a client before the Ninth Circuit. Clinic students act in all respects as counsel of record; they are responsible for researching and drafting the opening brief (Fall Quarter), the reply to the Government’s brief (Winter Quarter), and preparing and presenting the oral argument to a panel of Ninth Circuit judges (Spring Quarter).

The clinic’s faculty members instruct, mentor, and supervise students throughout the appellate process. The clinic requires a substantial time commitment, including a one-week period of intensive instruction before Fall Quarter begins in September, as well as some responsibilities to read and review materials during the Summer break.