Law 727 - Supreme Court Simulation

Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler

Professor of Law
B.S.F.S Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1990
J.D. New York University, 1993
M.A. UCLA (Political Science), 1998
Twitter: @adamwinkler
UCLA Faculty since 2002
Course Description:

This course will offer students the chance to simulate oral argument and decision-making in the Supreme Court of the United States. Each class will revolve around a single current case before the Justices and will include an hour of oral argument and an hour of “conference” (when the Justices discuss and decide the case). Students will argue the cases and write opinions. This course is designed to enhance presentation and writing skills, while covering an array of high-profile legal issues. The particular cases chosen will depend on the docket of a given term, but will focus largely on constitutional cases and other controversies of unusual significance. This course is not designed to satisfy the substantial analytical writing requirement.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Be familiar with generally recognized approaches to the study of law and legal reasoning.
  • Be able to identify and understand key concepts in substantive law and the legal process.
  • Have an understanding of the role of law in public policy.
  • Be able to carry out a competent legal analysis.
  • Be able to write effectively and to communicate orally in a legal setting.
  • Have had exposure to problem-solving techniques that prepare students to practice in a diverse society and world, such as the ability to work collaboratively, to communicate effectively with clients, and to engage competently with persons from a variety of backgrounds and holding a variety of views.
  • Engage in deliberative decision making.
  • Prepare and ask questions of clients, lawyers, and other professionals.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Adam Winkler 20S 727 LEC 1 R 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 2.0 No No
  Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline: Noon on 11/4/2019. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 1/24/2020.