The Appellate Litigation Program has been one of the core clinical programs at Georgetown University Law Center for over forty years. For the past thirty years, the program has been directed by Professor Steven H. Goldblatt.The program provides intense training in the art of oral and written advocacy as it is practiced in some of the highest courts in the nation, at a level appropriate to those courts and the issues presented. The clinic strives to provide the best representation possible, comparable to that provided by the best appellate firms in the country. What the students lack in experience is offset by their enthusiasm and willingness to put time into research, writing, and preparation that would be impossible elsewhere. In return, students learn not only how to litigate on appeal but how to litigate well, adopting professional standards that will guide them throughout their legal careers.

For more information about the Appellate Litigation Clinic, visit their website.

Clinic Logistics
Duration:Year long
No. of Participants:
16 students/year
Open to:
3Ls or 4E
Avg. Time Commitment:
16 hours/week
Client Work

The clinic caseload includes cases in the Supreme Court, several federal courts of appeals, and in the Board of Immigration Appeals. The clinic has had four cases reach the United States Supreme Court on grants of writs of certiorari. Over twenty students working on those cases had the opportunity to participate in litigation before the highest court in the United States before they were even admitted to the bar.Many more have briefed and argued cases in lower federal courts.

Students joining the Program will be required to put in substantial work, including preparing for oral argument, writing briefs, and attending the two-hour weekly seminar. Evening division students who can devote the time necessary to attend the scheduled Wednesday afternoon seminar, attend at least two Supreme Court Institute moot courts (which are generally held in the afternoon), and can undertake the commitment needed to work on live-client cases that will require some work during the normal work day are encouraged to apply.

Contact Us

Appellate Litigation Clinic
Georgetown Law
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Suite 306
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 662-9555

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