Ex. Federal Court Clerk - SDNY

Course Information

Course Number
L6661
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

Federal Court Clerk Externship: Southern District of New York

Paul Radvany, Adjunct Associate Professor (1 ungraded academic credit & 3 ungraded clinical credits)

Externship Summary
The Federal Court Clerk Externship for the Southern 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 Paul Radvany who has extensive federal court litigation experience. Students who satisfy the course requirements will receive one academic credit and three clinical credits and generally qualify for one minor writing credit.

The Seminar
Students will meet seven times over the course of the semester to discuss such topics as: writing judicial opinions; judicial ethics, the externship experience; habeas corpus; and effective courtroom lawyering. Two of the classes consist of panel discussions on criminal and civil law with experienced litigators and judges. The class meetings are mandatory, so you will not be able to take a seminar that meets at the same time.

The Placement
Students will be placed with a federal judge in the Southern District of New York. They will usually spend 15 hours per week working on judicial matters, with at least one day per week (or two half days) at the courthouse.

Instructor
Paul Radvany, Clinical Professor of Law, Fordham Law School (2007 - Present); Deputy Chief, Criminal Division, United States Attorney's Office, SDNY (2005-2007); Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, SDNY (1997 - 2005); Debevoise & Plimpton (1993 - 1997): Clerk, Hon. Michael H. Dolinger, SDNY (1992-1993) [email protected]

To Apply
Follow instructions on Externship Application page of website.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2022
Location
JGH 646
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Wednesday
6:20 - 8:10 pm
Points
1
Method of Evaluation
Other
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (upon consultation)

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • Gaining a better understanding of the judicial processes. Improving legal writing and drafting and legal research. Doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts.
Secondary
  • Gaining a better understanding re effective written advocacy.

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
Federal Courts
Other Limitations
Must be admitted through the externship application process.

Other Sections of Ex. Federal Court Clerk - SDNY

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Fall 2021

Instructors

Location

WJWH 101

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Thursday

Points

1

Section 002

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Spring 2022

Instructors

Points

3
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