Appellate Advocacy at Vermont Law School



Welcome to Vermont Law School’s Appellate Advocacy Page. For those of you not familiar with Appellate Advocacy, it is a course that students take in the summer and fall of their second year. Students learn advanced legal writing and appellate advocacy skills. They ultimately write a brief and argue cases before a panel of judges each July and November. The cases change from year to year because they are based upon real cases pending before the United States Supreme Court.

We created this page to make the Appellate Advocacy experience for our students and judges easier. To the left you will find links to the dockets, instructional pages for the students and judges, directions to VLS, CLE information and also the bailiff schedule and instructions. Listed at left are the links for Judges to sign up, an informational page for judges and a link for Appellate Students to submit their briefs through.


Torres v. Madrid

Case Dates: 7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25

Notice to Students: Students must, as always, adhere to the honor code. You may not review any briefs filed with the Supreme Court or any lower court pertaining to the four Appellate Advocacy cases, including earlier cases in the procedural history.