Federal Prosecution Externship: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York - Fall Only
Michael Gerber, and Shawn Crowley, Lecturers-in-Law (2 ungraded academic and 2 ungraded fieldwork credits)
The Federal Prosecution Externship at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York offers students the opportunity to learn about investigating and prosecuting federal criminal cases in United States District Court. Students will be placed in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where they will work with Assistant United States Attorneys representing the federal government in a wide range of criminal prosecutions, including ones involving firearms, narcotics, fraud, immigration, child exploitation, public corruption, terrorism and violent crimes. The externship will also consist of a weekly seminar taught by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Gerber and Shawn Crowley.
Grading for the course will be credit/no credit.
The seminar will meet on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the U.S. Attorney’s Office located at One Saint Andrew’s Plaza in downtown Manhattan. It will provide an overview of the criminal justice system, from the investigation and decision to charge a case through trial and sentencing. It will also analyze the ethical issues that arise at every stage of a criminal prosecution. The seminar will consist not only of a discussion of practice and case law but will have a practical component in which students will learn through simulations and practice exercises.
Fieldwork at the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Students will be expected to work for at least 10 hours per week for 14 weeks. Each student will be assigned to work with one or more Assistant U.S. Attorneys and should anticipate assisting with all aspects of the prosecution of cases, including court proceedings, meetings with agents and victims and attending proffer sessions with cooperating witnesses. Students should also expect to perform research and writing on legal issues as part of the work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and report on their weekly activities to the instructors.
Requirements and Application Process
Enrollment will be limited to 10 students per semester. The course will only be open to JD students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. There will be a preference for 3Ls who have taken upper level criminal law or procedure classes.
To apply, please complete the externship application available through LawNet. The application period is from April 9, 2019 (3PM) to April 17, 2019 (5PM). 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].