- Gaining a better understanding of the judicial processes.
- Improving legal writing and drafting and legal research.
Section 002, Spring 2020
Federal Court Clerk Externship: Southern District of New York
Paul Radvany, Adjunct Associate Professor (1 ungraded academic credit & 3 ungraded clinical credits)
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.
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 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]
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (upon consultation)
You must apply through the externship program website.