Criminal Appellate Practicum

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Professional Skills
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Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

This course is an in-depth examination of criminal appellate law in Pennsylvania. Students will work on actual cases from the Allegheny County Law Office of the Public Defender. The course will be taught by Kirk J. Henderson, a senior member of the Office’s Appellate Division. By the end of the semester, students will have learned an effective real-world approach to handling appeals and will have developed a general understanding of the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania. Though obviously focusing on criminal appellate law, the skills learned in this class also can be applied to general appellate practice, to criminal trial practice, and to advocacy in all areas of the law.