Federal Prosecution Externship: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York - Fall
Michael Gerber, and Micah Smith, Lecturers-in-Law (2 ungraded academic and 2 ungraded clinical credits)
The Federal Prosecution Externship at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York offers students the opportunity to learn about investigating and prosecuting federal criminal cases in United States District Court. Students will be placed in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where they will work with Assistant United States Attorneys representing the federal government in a wide range of criminal prosecutions, including ones involving firearms, narcotics, fraud, immigration, child exploitation, public corruption, terrorism and violent crimes. The externship will also consist of a weekly seminar taught by Margaret Garnett, Chief of Appeals for the Office’s Criminal Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Gerber and Micah Smith.
Grading for the course will be credit/no credit. Enrollment will be limited to 10 students per semester. There will be a preference for 3Ls who have taken upper level criminal law or procedure classes.
The seminar will meet on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the U.S. Attorney’s Office located at One Saint Andrew’s Plaza in downtown Manhattan. It will provide an overview of the criminal justice system, from the investigation and decision to charge a case through trial and sentencing. It will also analyze the ethical issues that arise at every stage of a criminal prosecution. The seminar will consist not only of a discussion of practice and case law but will have a practical component in which students will learn through simulations and practice exercises.
Placement at the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Students will be expected to work for at least 10 hours per week for 14 weeks. Each student will be assigned to work with one or more Assistant U.S. Attorneys and should anticipate assisting with all aspects of the prosecution of cases, including court proceedings, meetings with agents and victims and attending proffer sessions with cooperating witnesses. Students should also expect to perform research and writing on legal issues as part of the work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and report on their weekly activities to the instructors.
There is a two-part application process:
- Students must complete and submit Columbia Law School's Common Application by 12:00pm on April 9th, 2018. Any additional questions can be sent to Marcia Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective applicants may be contacted for an interview once all applications have been submitted.
In addition, students must apply directly to the U.S. Attorney’s Office by 12:00 pm on April 9th, 2018, to be accepted as an extern. Please follow this link, which is also on the Common Application, to submit your application at:http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/employmentIntern.html. The application can be submitted by email to: USANYS-FallSpringJan@usdoj.gov.