Watch Immersion Clinic student Nicholas Fuenzalida’s oral argument before the Ninth Circuit in an immigration appeal presenting important issues concerning the reopening of “in absentia” removal orders – requests by noncitizens maintaining that they missed their asylum hearing for reasons beyond their control.
Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic
The Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic handles a wide range of public-interest appellate litigation – from civil rights to consumer law to workers’ rights to access-to-justice issues to immigration law to criminal justice, to name a few. As its name indicates, the clinic involves Georgetown Law students in a concentrated, immersive experience. Read our appellate briefs, and meet our staff.
Our practice in nationwide in scope. We handle appeals in the federal circuits from coast to coast and in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Clinic students are enrolled full-time for an entire semester litigating actual appeals under the supervision of the clinic’s director and litigation fellows. Clinic students also take a co-requisite course on the law of the appellate courts taught by the clinic director.
Students are required to work not only on their “own” cases, but to collaborate intensively on their classmates’ cases. In this way, students have significant input on a range of cases over the semester and leave the clinic with appellate-litigation skills and an appreciation of what it means to be a generalist appellate practitioner.
Watch Immersion Clinic Clinical Fellow Madeline Meth’s oral argument before the Ninth Circuit in an appeal presenting important appellate jurisdiction, qualified immunity, and First Amendment Free Exercise issues.
Watch Immersion Clinic Clinical Fellow Hannah Mullen's oral argument before the Third Circuit in an important immigration case.