Duquesne University School of Law


Elective Course
Enrollment Limit: 25
Course Requirement: paper

Satisfies Upper Level Writing requirement (beginning Fall 2017)
Fulfills Concentration Elective:  Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Government & Public Interest Law

This course will address significant issues in appellate practice and procedure in Pennsylvania, using as a guide the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure. The purpose of the course is to educate about the both the substantive and procedural issues and traps inherent in appellate practice in Pennsylvania. The course overviews the unified judicial system and the constitutional and statutory basis for each appellate court in Pennsylvania and the powers enjoyed by each of them. Then, specific subjects in both the criminal and non-criminal appellate arenas will be examined. Who may appeal? What is a final, interlocutory or collateral order? When may the appellate court exercise jurisdiction? When is an issue waived? The course will also have specific classes devoted to the procedural aspects of Superior Court, the Commonwealth Court and the Supreme Court. Finally, classes will focus on brief writing and oral advocacy. Subjects will address scope of review, standard of review, and the crafting of effective written argument and the presentation of effective oral argument. Guest speakers who are members of the appellate judiciary or well-regarded appellate advocates will address a number of the classes.

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