Federal Court Clerk Externship: Southern District of New York
Paul Radvany, Adjunct Associate Professor (1 ungraded academic credit, 3 ungraded fieldwork credits, and Minor Writing Credit (upon consultation), which must be registered separately with Registration Services)
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. This externship is available only to (1) J.D. students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or have completed one full year of academic residence at Columbia Law School or another accredited U.S. law school; and (2) LL.M.s who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
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.
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.
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]
To apply, please complete the Common Application when it is released. Dates to apply for Spring 2019, will be sometime in October, 2018. Please watch for informational sessions. Any additional questions can be sent to Susan Kraham at [email protected].
Prospective applicants may be contacted for an interview once all applications have been submitted.