Columbia Law School's Appellate Advocacy Competition

Made possible by the generous support of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

October 25, 2012

Example Briefs and More

Hi Competitors:

Here are a few resources you might find useful as you write your briefs:

Sample Brief (2009-2010)

Sample Brief (2010-2011)

Instructions for making a Table of Contents and Table of Authorities

A Few Notes
  • The above sample briefs do not correctly cite to the record. Per Bluebook Rule B7.1.2, citations to the record should look like "R. at xx." 
  • While you should not use facts outside of the record, that restriction does not apply to law. You are free to use any part of the Dodd-Frank Act (or any other federal law)—you are not limited to those specifically excerpted in the Record. 
  • You only need to comply with the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure's paper size, line spacing, margins, and typeface requirements. See Fed. R. App. P. 32(a)(4)-(6).