Criminal Appeals Project

Second- and third-year law students have the opportunity to participate in the Frank J. Remington Center's Criminal Appeals Project. This fall-spring project combines class work on appellate procedure, client-centered representation on appeal, issue spotting, and persuasive writing, with work on actual criminal appeal cases assigned by the State Public Defender's Office.

Students in the Criminal Appeals Project will work in pairs on criminal appeals under the supervision of Remington Center clinical faculty. Appeals will be timed so that the trial transcripts begin arriving early in the fall semester. Assuming that a case has merit, briefing for the Court of Appeals will take place during spring semester. Please note that each student must make a 2-semester commitment to ensure that he or she can take a case from start to finish.

In the fall semester, students will take a 3-credit class entitled "Advanced Criminal Procedure: Representing the Criminal Appellant," along with an additional 2 credits of clinical work. This class qualifies for the 60-credit rule. The class will have one weekly large group section and one weekly discussion section. In the large group section, students will study appellate procedure, the ethics of appellate representation, issue spotting, and methods of persuasion. At the same time, students will be meeting their appeal clients, reading transcripts, and analyzing their cases in the discussion sections.

During spring semester, students will enroll in the same two courses for 4-5 credits. There will be fewer large-group meetings; most of the work will be on postconviction motions or hearings and/or writing appellate briefs.

If you are interested in the Criminal Appeals Project, please see the attached information form. The Criminal Appeals Project is continuing to accept applications for the 2015-16 academic year. If you have any questions, please contact Clinical Associate Professor John Pray in Room 4318J. You can telephone Professor Pray at 263-7461; or by email at For more information on the classroom portion of this project, please see the course description on the Law School's web site.

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