Judicial Externship Fieldwork
Jodi S. Balsam,
The goal of this externship is to expose students to the judicial decision-making process through both a formal class and a fieldwork experience, and to study the work of both lawyers and judges. In the federal system, students are assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and judges, magistrate judges and bankruptcy judges in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. In the state system, students can be assigned to work for judges in the Appellate Division, Family, Surrogates or Supreme Courts (Civil or Criminal Terms), or the Civil Court of the City of New York. In addition to providing exposure to the inner workings of the various courts, the program offers an opportunity to do legal research, prepare written memoranda and drafts of judicial opinions, and to observe in the courtroom and at pretrial conferences. Seminar Credits: 1.00 Seminar: The externship includes a 1-credit seminar at which the students' experiences are discussed in relation to selected topics about the courts and judging.
There is a two-semester cap on participation in this externship in any setting. Students can enroll in both the federal and state seminar if the second semester placement is in the other court system. Otherwise, a student repeating the externship in the same placement can enroll in the seminar only once.