'The Real World:' Creating a Compelling Appellate Brief Assignment Based on a Real-World Case

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing, Vol. 17, p 128, 2009

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 09-17

8 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2009

Date Written: August 31, 2009

Abstract

Creating an appellate brief problem that is realistic, balanced, and interesting for students to work on is one of the most challenging opportunities facing a legal analysis and writing professor. Developing such a problem is particularly important because many legal writing courses use an appellate brief problem throughout an entire law school semester, usually requiring students to write at least one, and often two, appellate briefs based on the problem, and to argue that case in a moot court. This article provides advice, drawn from the authors' experience as professor of legal analysis and writing, as to how to develop a compelling and effective appellate brief problem based on a real-world case.

Keywords: legal writing, appellate brief problem, law school

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Inglehart, Elizabeth L. and Kanter, Martha, 'The Real World:' Creating a Compelling Appellate Brief Assignment Based on a Real-World Case (August 31, 2009). Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing, Vol. 17, p 128, 2009; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 09-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1465820

Elizabeth L. Inglehart (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Martha Kanter

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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