Judicial Externship   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 791A - Judicial Externship

Credits: 2

Students will work approximately 8-815hours per week with either a state or federal judge. They will be exposed to the work of the federal or state judiciary by working with the judge and the law clerk. Typically, the student will have the opportunity to observe court proceedings and conferences in chambers with the guidance of the supervising judge. The student may also assist the judge and the law clerk in research and drafting documents such as bench memoranda, jury instructions, and opinions. In addition to their work at the court, students will meet periodically with a faculty member to reflect upon their fieldwork experiences.

Corequisites: Problems in Professional Responsibility

Prerequisites: Problems in Professional Responsibility is a prerequisite or co-requisite. Also note that Professional Responsibility satisfies the prerequisite requirement.

Note: Students must submit a contemporaneously maintained daily journal of their experience, along with either an example of a written product prepared during the externship or a short paper reflecting on a professional aspect of the experience. The fieldwork supervisor will also complete an evaluation of the student's performance.

For first year students entering Fall 2016, this course satisfies the experiential course graduation requirement.

Basis of Grade: Evaluation submitted by the fieldwork supervisor, the quality of the student's written submissions, participation in the class sessions, and a determination by the faculty member that all requirements of the externship have been satisfactorily completed

Form of Grade: Letter