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Supreme Court Seminar

Elective Course

This seminar is 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 cases through the certiorari process; presentation of 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. Reading includes cases, briefs, and commentary. Assessment considers class discussion, oral presentations, and short written position summaries.