Appellate Advocacy I

Course Number: 
LaJuana S. Davis

Welcome to Appellate Advocacy. The text for this course is Mary Beth Beazley, A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy (4th ed. 2014) (Aspen Publishers

Published: 6/30/2014, ISBN: 9781454830962), and an online grammar course. There are prior editions of Beazley floating around too that will suffice for the budget-conscious.

First week assignments

Monday, August 18—complete an online testing assignment BEFORE class. The instructions are below. No readings for today.

Solid grammar is a cornerstone of professional level legal writing and requires that you learn some grammar rules that are unique to the field of law. To ensure that you are armed with the grammar skills you need to begin your legal career profitably,

I have adopted Core Grammar for Lawyers (CGL), an online learning tool, for this course. The one-year subscription is $38, which is cheaper (and probably more fun) than the grammar and usage texts that I would have assigned. Core Grammar is a required component of the course.

Please purchase a one-year subscription for $38 at

You are welcome to purchase a longer subscription if you wish, but it is not needed for this course). If you have problems reaching that link, follow the subscription links at

Purchasing the program is a two-step process.  First, you will purchase your subscription.  Next, you will “activate” your subscription.  When you activate your subscription, enter this Class Code (which is unique for our section):


After you purchase and activate your subscription, you may add your Class Code by going to “My Account” and selecting “edit.”

Once your subscription is activated, you are ready to begin.  The first step is to open the PreTest by clicking on the link on the home page (called your “Bookshelf”).  Remember three things:

  1. Do NOT opt-out of the Pre-Test.  Instead, set aside 45-90 minutes to answer the Pre-Test questions to the best of your ability. 
  2. Do NOT consult outside resources.  It is a closed book exam to get the most accurate picture of your strengths.
  3. Take the Pre-Test BEFORE August 18, 2014.

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