Supreme Court Advocacy (30180). 6 units (3 fall, 3 spring). This course will furnish the opportunity to combine hands-on clinical work with seminar discussion of Supreme Court decision making and advocacy. It will begin with several sessions analyzing the Court as an institution, focusing on the practicalities of how the Court makes its decisions and how lawyers present their cases. Thereafter, students will work on a variety of actual cases before the Court, preparing petitions for certiorari and merits briefs. Students will work under the supervision of Yale faculty and experienced Supreme Court practitioners. The course will be a two-term offering and the work product may be used to satisfy the Substantial Paper requirement. The course demands a significant time investment and is not recommended for students with other time-intensive commitments. Enrollment limited to twelve. Permission of instructors required. L. Greenhouse, P. Hughes, M. Kimberly, A. Pincus, and C. Rothfeld.
Note: This course is open only to J.D. students.
Course Bidding Information: Students admitted cannot drop during the open add/drop period. In addition to listing this clinic among experiential course selections, any student wishing to be considered for admission must submit by June 23 at 4:30 p.m.: (1) a CV; (2) a writing sample (preferably involving legal writing); and (3) a one-page statement (a) addressing the nature of his or her interest in the course and (b) furnishing assurance that he or she will be able to satisfy the significant time commitments associated with the course; (4) bidding on this course constitutes authorization for the Registrar's Office to release a copy of your Law transcript to the instructors. In connection with (3)(b), applicants should indicate their anticipated course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, including their participation in other clinical offerings; any anticipated journal work; and anticipated writing to be completed independently of this course (including any papers that would satisfy the SAW or Substantial requirements). Significant academic or journal commitments outside of this course will certainly not be considered disqualifying, but will be taken into account in determining an applicant’s suitability for admission to the course. Other factors that will be considered include whether the applicant has already completed his or her SAW requirement. The submission of an application also constitutes consent to review of the applicant's Law School transcript. Note: Accepted students will be requested to limit class and other commitments after 3 p.m. on Tuesdays to ensure availability for team meetings.