Defense Appellate Clinic

Immerse yourself for two semesters in appellate practice in this legal clinic, one of six legal clinics at the Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Working under the supervision of faculty members, you will represent incarcerated, indigent criminal defendants appealing their convictions. You'll interview clients, analyze trial records, conduct research, prepare briefs and argue appeals before the Connecticut Appellate or Supreme Court.

Your work might include:
  • Traveling to correctional facilities to meet with clients and discuss the merits of their appeals
  • Analyzing trial records and transcripts, identifying the issues most likely to prevail on appeal
  • Exhaustive legal research and writing and revising appellate briefs (When the state files its opposing briefs, students brief in reply.)
  • Preparing extensively for oral argument, and in most cases, arguing your clients' appeals, either at the Connecticut Appellate or Supreme Courts in Hartford, or at the School of Law, when those courts sit in session in Quinnipiac's Grand Courtroom

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