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 provides an in-depth examination of the functioning of the federal trial courts. Students will have the opportunity to work with a District Court (or possibly a Magistrate) Judge in the Southern District of New York. Students will draft opinions, observe judges as they preside over criminal and civil trials and oral arguments and study lawyers advocating for their clients through written submissions and in court. In addition to learning about the judicial process and the role of judges and judicial clerks while under the direct supervision of a federal judge, students will improve their research, analytical, and writing skills. Students will also participate in a seminar where they will learn about and discuss topics such as: writing judicial opinions; judicial ethics; the externship experience; and effective courtroom lawyering. Two of the classes will consist of panel discussions on criminal and civil law with judicial and practitioner guests. 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 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]
Submit the below materials to mailbox F-9 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7th, 2014:
- A document containing the following, in this order:
- Name and Class Year
- Whether you have applied for this Externship before (and if so, when)
- Telephone, cell numbers and Email
- List of upper-class courses you have taken that might be helpful to you in your work as a judicial intern
- Whether you are available Thursday evenings for the seminar
- (Optional) Up to three references with contact information
- A short statement (no more than one page) detailing why you want to participate in this externship
You will be notified if you are accepted by Monday, April 21st. If you are accepted, you will need to notify Doribel Rodriguez, [email protected], as to whether you will participate by noon on Thursday, April 24th. Applications will be sent to judges immediately thereafter and at that point you will be committed. Judges will call you to schedule interviews during the following few weeks. If you are not accepted, your name will be placed on a waiting list. Acceptance by a district court judge or magistrate judge through this process is a prerequisite for participation in this course.