Appellate Litigation

This is a year-long clinic for students who are eligible for Certified Legal Intern status by having completed four semesters (a minimum of 48 semester hours) and received Florida Bar Notice of Registrant Clearance. This clinic aids students in developing litigation skills by preparing and presenting appeals in state appellate courts. Each student will have the primary responsibility for at least two cases, beginning with the review of the trial court record for the cases, conducting legal research, drafting and filing an initial brief, an answer brief, and a reply brief, preparing for oral argument, and arguing the case.

Students are required to attend the weekly class component.

Prerequisites: Evidence
Co-requisites: Criminal Procedure
Course Credit: 6 each semester
Grading: Graded
Full-Time/Part-Time: Part-Time
Minimum Hourly Requirement:16 hours per week
Eligible Students: 3L’s
Florida Bar Notice of Registrant Clearance: Yes
Clinic Location: STU Campus
Faculty: Professor Howard Blumberg

Luis Arguelles

“Being in the Appellate Litigation Clinic has been the highlight of my law school career at St. Thomas. Getting hands-on experience with criminal appellate cases is an unparralled experience and has helped me hone my legal writing and oral advocacy. Because of the appellate litigation clinic, I am confident that I will be an effective attorney.”