Supreme Court Clinic

Supreme Court Clinic

In UCLA's Supreme Court Clinic, students and faculty work together on real cases before the United States Supreme Court. The clinic represents clients who otherwise would not have the resources to pursue cases before the Court.

Students help to research and draft petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits. When clinic cases are argued before the court, students often travel to Washington, D.C., to observe.

UCLA Law faculty experts from a range of disciplines participate in writing briefs and preparing for arguments.

Attorneys from around the country have turned to the clinic for support. Attorneys who would like the clinic's assistance with any aspect of Supreme Court practice may contact clinic director Stuart Banner, the Norman Abrams Professor of Law at UCLA.

Recent Cases

Bartelt v. Wisconsin, No. 17-1584

Certiorari petition


Trump v. Hawaii, No. 17-965

Brief of Amici Curiae National League of Cities et al.


Lagos v. United States, No. 16-1519

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Murphy v. Smith, 138 S. Ct. 784 (2018)

Merits brief
Merits reply brief
Certiorari petition
Certiorari reply


Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017)

Merits brief
Certiorari-stage brief for respondent


Nelson v. Colorado, 137 S. Ct. 1249 (2017)

Merits brief
Merits reply brief
Certiorari petition
Certiorari reply


Murr v. Wisconsin, 137 S. Ct. 1933 (2017)

Brief of Amici Curiae National Association of Counties et al.


Weaver v. Massachusetts, 137 S. Ct. 1899 (2017)

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1718 (2017)

Brief of Amicus Curiae Public Counsel


Heffernan v. City of Paterson, 136 S. Ct. 1412 (2016)

Merits brief
Merits reply brief
Certiorari petition
Certiorari reply


Torres v. Lynch, 136 S. Ct. 1619 (2016)

Merits brief
Merits reply brief
Certiorari petition
Certiorari reply


Betterman v. Montana, 136 S. Ct. 1609 (2016)

Merits brief
Merits reply brief
Certiorari petition
Certiorari reply


Utah v. Strieff, 136 S. Ct. 2056 (2016)

Merits brief
Brief in opposition