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Appellate Litigation Clinic

The Appellate Litigation Clinic provides students with an intensive supervised litigation experience in the federal and state courts of appeals. The Clinic will accept cases primarily in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Tennessee state appellate courts. Amicus curiae work in the United States Supreme Court or other Courts of Appeals is also possible. It is anticipated that the Clinic will be appointed as counsel to or amicus curiae in support of pro se parties who cannot otherwise afford representation by the courts in which it practices. The Clinic will also work with national advocacy organizations to accept appellate work for indigent clients in appropriate cases. Cases taken by the Clinic will not focus on any particular area of substantive law; rather, the emphasis of study will be on the appellate posture that unifies the cases. Pass/Fail. Enrollment limited.

Note: Because of the student practice rules in some of the courts in which the clinic will take cases, this clinic is for 3Ls only. It is strongly suggested, but not required, that students concurrently enroll in Appellate Practice and Procedure.

Note: This clinic requires that students attend a “boot camp” to be scheduled on the weekend prior to the start of classes.

Note: A "no drop" policy will be in place once students have registered. Only the individual clinic professor can grant a waiver of this policy.