Section Description Provided by Instructor
The externship centers on the Knight Institute's strategic litigation efforts to define and defend First Amendment freedoms in the digital age. Students work in collaboration with, and under the close supervision of, experienced First Amendment lawyers. They focus on the Knight Institute's current litigation docket, including cases relating to public officials' use of social media, the rights of digital journalists and researchers to investigate social media and other online platforms, government surveillance of individuals' online speech, and restraints on speech by government employees and whistleblowers.
The externship consists of two components: a field placement component with a 15-hour weekly on-site commitment, and a seminar component requiring attendance at the Institute's weekly litigation meeting and a 1-hour weekly seminar class.
The seminar component requirements include: (1) class attendance and contribution to seminar discussions (30%); (2) two substantive research memoranda, or a series or memoranda collectively requiring roughly the same amount of research and writing (60%); and (3) externship field placement self-evaluation (10%). The field placement component requires that students spend 15 hours per week at the Knight Institute. Students work on cases in development, cases in active litigation, and/or longer-term research in anticipation of future litigation. Students participate in team meetings; conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda; review government records and policies; and/or draft blog posts or other public communications.
Location: Knight First Amendment Institute, located at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 302, New York, NY 10115
2. Transcript (unofficial acceptable)
3. Writing sample (5-10 pages) (waived for foreign-trained LLM students who do not have writing sample in English)
4. Statement of Interest (no more than two pages, double-spaced)