Ex. Federal Court Clerk EDNY

Course Information

Course Number
L6652
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Clinics, Externships, and Experiential Learning, Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility
Type
Externship
Additional Attributes
Experiential Credit

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

Externship Summary
The Federal Court Clerk Externship for the Eastern District of New York provides an in-depth examination of the functioning of the federal trial courts. Students will have the opportunity to work with a federal judge, draft opinions, and observe trials, oral arguments and hearings. The course will be taught by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, who have extensive experience in federal court. Students who satisfy the course requirements will receive 2 academic credits and 2 clinical credits.

The Seminar
During the semester, students will meet weekly on Thursday evenings (6:20 pm-8:10 pm) at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District (located in Brooklyn Heights) to discuss a number of externship related topics, including: judicial decision-making in various contexts (i.e., settlements, motions, sentencings), judicial ethics, the externship experience, and effective advocacy in civil and criminal litigation. Two of the classes will consist of panel discussions on criminal and civil law with experienced litigators and judges. Students will also participate in practical criminal and civil advocacy exercises as part of the classroom component. The class sessions are mandatory, so students should take that into consideration when applying. Please note that travel time to Brooklyn Heights, where the U.S. District Court is located, and where class will be held, is approximately 45 minutes by subway from Morningside Heights.

The Placement
Students will be placed with a federal judge (either a District or Magistrate judge) in the Eastern District of New York. They will spend 10 hours per week working on judicial matters, with at least one day per week (or two half days) at the courthouse in Brooklyn. Working with their assigned judges, students will have the opportunity to conduct research, prepare written memoranda, draft judicial opinions, and observe judges and advocates engaged in trials, oral arguments and hearings in civil and criminal cases.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2022
Location
TBA TBA
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Thursday
6:20 - 8:10 pm
Points
1
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in ethical and professional issues
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in jurisprudential processes
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in jurisprudential considerations in legal analysis
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in lawyering skills, including legal writing and drafting, legal research and working collaboratively.

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
Admission is by instructor permission during the Externship application period - see the Social Justice Initiatives page for more information.

Other Sections of Ex. Federal Court Clerk EDNY

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Fall 2021

Instructors

Location

OC No Room

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Thursday

Points

1

Section 002

Section 002

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