Judicial Externships

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The Honorable Robert D. Sack, Adjunct Professor of Law, The Honorable Barrington Parker, Lecturer-in-Law​ (1 ungraded academic, 3 ungraded fieldwork credits, and Minor Writing Credit, which must be registered separately with Registration Services) 

Class meetings are held in chambers.
Judge Robert Sack and Judge Barrington Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will co-supervise the Federal Appellate Court Externship. The class combines intensive work in the Second Circuit with roughly eight class sessions. Work will involve legal research, analysis, and writing on the cases to which the extern is assigned. The class sessions are taught in a variety of styles. Several lectures address fundamental topics of appellate review and federal jurisdiction. During other sessions, distinguished guest speakers will discuss various aspects of appellate practice. Finally, one class session is devoted to a moot court exercise at which students argue an appeal before a panel of Second Circuit judges.

Evaluation
This class is not graded. Credit is received upon satisfactory classroom performance and a supervisor’s statement that work completed in chambers was acceptable. Enrolled students who want to receive a minor writing credit for this course must complete Registration Services’ minor writing credit form. Writing credit will be awarded upon receipt of the judge's statement that 25 pages of satisfactory writing was done.

Requirements and Application Process
This class is limited to candidates for the J.D. degree who have attended law school for at least one academic year.  Students cannot volunteer to work in a Second Circuit judge’s chambers and then apply for the course. Students may not take a clinic or another externship and this course simultaneously.

To apply, please complete the externship application available through LawNet. The application period is from March 30, 2020, to April 10, 2020. A select group of applicants will be invited for an interview.  Once an applicant has accepted an interview and has been selected to work with a particular judge, the applicant can no longer withdraw his/her candidacy.

Any additional questions can be sent to Susan Kraham at [email protected].

Accepted externs must register for their Minor Writing Credit separately with Registration Services.

The Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Allon Lifshitz, Lecturer-in-Law (1 ungraded academic and 3 ungraded fieldwork credits)

Course Description
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, and Allon Lifshitz, of the U.S. Attorneys Office in the Eastern District of New York, both of whom have extensive experience in federal court. Students who satisfy the course requirements will receive 1 academic credit and 3 clinical credits.

The Seminar
During the semester, students will meet weekly on Thursday evenings (6:20 p.m.–8 p.m.) 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.

Fieldwork
Students will be placed with a federal judge (either a District or Magistrate judge) in the Eastern District of New York. They will spend 15 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.

Requirements and Application Process
This externship is available only to J.D. students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

This externship will be offered in fall 2020; the online application period is from March 30, 2020, to April 10, 2020.

Any additional questions can be sent to Susan Kraham at [email protected].

 

Paul Radvany, Adjunct Associate Professor, and Tiffany Moller, Lecturer-in-Law (1 ungraded academic credit, 3 ungraded fieldwork credits, and Minor Writing Credit (upon consultation), which must be registered separately with Registration Services)

Course Description
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.

Fieldwork
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 Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School (2007–Present); Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, SDNY (1997–2007); Debevoise & Plimpton (1993–1997): [email protected]

Requirements and Application Process
This externship is available only to J.D. students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents; and LL.M.s who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

To apply, please complete the externship application available through LawNet. The application period is from March 30, 2020, to April 10, 2020. Prospective applicants may be contacted for an interview once all applications have been submitted.

Any additional questions can be sent to Susan Kraham at [email protected].