Federal Court Clerk Externship: Southern District of New York - Fall 2016
Paul Radvany, Adjunct Associate Professor (1 ungraded academic credit & 3 ungraded fieldwork 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 who are in the United States on an F-1 visa and have not completed one year of full-time academic residence (two full semesters) before beginning this externship will not be able to serve as externs for judges who require them to prove their ability to work in the U.S. (Eligibility for OPT, or F-1 work authorization status requires one full year of academic residence.)
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 11th, 2016:
3. 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 Wednesday, April 27th. If you are accepted, you will need to notify Doribel Rodriguez, [email protected], as to whether you will participate by noon on Friday, April 29th. 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.