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School of Law

Appellate Practice Clinic



Working under the supervision of an experienced attorney in the Criminal Appeals Division in the Attorney General's Office, students assume primary responsibility for every phase of indigent criminal defendant appeals including reviewing the trial record in search of appellate issues, drafting any necessary motions, interviewing the client, writing a brief, and conducting an oral argument before a three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals.

Prerequisites: First-year day courses, Evidence, Criminal Law.

Co- or PrerequisiteProfessional Responsibility and Constitutional Criminal Procedure I.

Policies and Procedures

The Appellate Practice Clinic selects its students through the lottery but gives evening students priority for one-half of its slots. Due to scheduling of oral arguments, students may not participate in the Appellate Practice Clinic in the same semester they are graduating (December graduates may not participate in the Fall semester and May graduates may not participate in the Spring semester).