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How I took a moot court hypothetical to a law review article

June 27, 2019

I was introduced to appellate advocacy through my law school's first year oral advocacy competition. Prior to beginning Syracuse University College of Law, I was largely unfamiliar with "appellate advocacy." I went to law school to be a litigator and was eager to participate in any type of

Law school competition teams: Practicing for practice

August 29, 2018

Traditional law school courses can be an effective way to learn legal doctrine, but they don’t teach much about law practice.  Joining a law school competition team can be a terrific way to learn those skills and have fun in the process.

Cleaned Up

Use (cleaned up) to make your legal writing easier to read

October 03, 2017

Here's a solution to a legal citation problem that comes up all the time. Please bear with me for the intro. It will be worth it. While reading a court decision earlier this year, I came across a passage in which the court quoted authority from an earlier decision which, in

Appellate briefs: Law school lessons adapted to the real world

March 01, 2016

Your goal when writing an appellate brief should be to craft a document that the intended audience will want to start reading at the very beginning and not put down until the end. Your audience should feel a sense of understanding and appreciation for how you were able to tie the whole thing together.