Federal Appellate Court Externship
The Honorable Robert D. Sack, The Honorable Barrington Parker, and Jennifer Sokoler, Lecturers-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.
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 October 8, 2019 (2PM) to October 17, 2019 (5PM). 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.