This seminar will teach students about appellate practice in state supreme courts. Students will alternate roles throughout the term, experiencing the week's cases sometimes from the perspective of a lawyer and sometimes from that of a justice. Students will analyze, advocate, hear oral arguments and draft opinions. In most classes, students will spend half of the classes in the role of state supreme court justices, will argue one case before the court as an advocate, and will actively participate in the discussion following each class session's "case call." The goal is to analyze what makes an argument effective (both in the briefing and during oral argument), and how the lawyering affects the outcome.
For details on class times, days of the week, instructors, and grading and exam details, please view the Michigan Law Class Schedule.