Course Description

Federal Judicial Clerkship Externship - LAW699
4 Credits

This externship combines a field placement as a clerk in the chambers of a United States District Court judge with a seminar focusing on various aspects of federal civil and criminal litigation and the judicial process. In the fieldwork component students will work 16 full 8-hour days over a period of one month as a judicial clerk in the United States District Court. Students’ responsibilities will include extensive research and writing, assisting in trials and hearings, and other work in chambers as assigned. Students will also keep and submit journals describing their placement experiences. In addition, students will attend 8 3-hour seminars during the same one month period, which will focus on federal courts and judicial decision making, utilizing readings, student journals, and discussions of issues arising from the field placement. (Suggested prerequisite: Professional Responsibility.)