Supreme Court Seminar

Elective Course
Course Number: LAW 667
Credits: 1

This simulation offers an opportunity to understand the function of the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts by simulating a case currently pending before the Court. Each student will play counsel or a justice in: the selection of a case through the certiorari process; presentation of briefs and arguments by petitioners, respondents, and amici; and conference followed by an announcement of opinions. Throughout, students will reflect upon litigation strategy, judicial philosophy, and the interaction among various participants in the Supreme Court's process, and by extension other appellate judicial processes. In addition to seminar discussion, students participate in oral argument from both sides of the bench, and produce a short brief or opinion.