Federal Prosecution Externship: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York - Fall 2016
Margaret Garnett and Jessica Masella, Lecturers-in-Law (2 ungraded academic and 2 ungraded clinical 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 Jessica Masella, Co-Chief of the Office’s Narcotics Unit, and Margaret Garnett, Chief of Appeals for the Office’s Criminal Division.
Grading for the course will be credit/no credit. Enrollment will be limited to 10 students per semester. There will be a preference for 3Ls who have taken upper level criminal law or procedure classes.
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.
Placement 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.
There is a two-part application process:
- Interested students must apply directly to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to be accepted as an extern. Please follow the directions at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/employmentIntern.html
- In addition, interested students should send an e-mail to Margaret Garnett and Jessica Masella answering the following questions:
Why are you interested in participating in this externship? Please list all criminal law and criminal procedure classes that you have taken (and when) or that you intend to take concurrently. Please also describe any work experiences, law school activities or other experiences that are relevant to this externship.
Limit your response to no more than two pages and include a copy of your resume and transcript. Applications are due at 5pm on Monday, April 11th, 2016.