Federal Appellate Clinic

Federal Appellate Clinic

The Federal Appellate Clinic entails the study of the adversarial processes of the criminal justice system and intensive instruction in persuasive legal writing. Admission is by selection based on a record of work and academic achievement. The clinic functions as a small, highly collaborative law firm. Professor Ricardo J. Bascuas, a former Assistant Federal Public Defender, supervises each team and guides the class through the briefing process.

Pairs or small groups of students are assigned to each case. The students identify issues, plan strategy, and conduct research jointly and individually. Students present their research and ideas to the class for discussion. Each student produces multiple drafts of briefs to the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals as well as petitions for writs of certiorari to the Supreme Court. The clinic also occasionally drafts amicus curiae briefs in federal and state courts on criminal justice issues.

In addition to researching and briefing appeals, students will study, through traditional doctrinal reading (cases, law review articles, and the like), the adversarial aspects and norms of the federal criminal justice system.

Prospective Student Requirements

Time Requirements/Credits

This clinic is a one-semester, four-credit course. The class meets twice each week for one and a half hours.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Successful completion of at least 32 credits

CLINIC DIRECTOR

Professor Ricardo J. Bascuas
rbascuas@law.miami.edu

 

STRAIGHT FROM A STUDENT
"My experience in the Federal Appellate Clinic has been invaluable…In addition to expanding my research and writing skills, Professor Bascuas taught me how to construct a persuasive legal argument when the law and facts are against your client."
Olga Izmaylova, J.D. ‘12

"Working for the clinic was difficult and stressful, but knowing that we were able to win our client's appeal made the stress and difficulty worthwhile."
Justin Wales, J.D. ‘12

CLINIC DIRECTOR

Professor Ricardo J. Bascuas
rbascuas@law.miami.edu

 

STRAIGHT FROM A STUDENT
"My experience in the Federal Appellate Clinic has been invaluable…In addition to expanding my research and writing skills, Professor Bascuas taught me how to construct a persuasive legal argument when the law and facts are against your client."
Olga Izmaylova, J.D. ‘12

"Working for the clinic was difficult and stressful, but knowing that we were able to win our client's appeal made the stress and difficulty worthwhile."
Justin Wales, J.D. ‘12