Judicial field placements
As a participant in judicial field placement, you'll spend one day each week in the chambers of U.S. district judges or U.S. magistrate judges in Indianapolis. You will work one-on-one with a judge while reporting to a faculty supervisor at the law school. Your duties will include:
- Draft opinions
- Perform legal research
- Help prepare jury instructions
- Screen motions in order to advise the judges
The professional atmosphere of this experience is part of its appeal. It is a formal setting and that enables you to, in effect, clerk for a judge in the federal court system. You'll share the duties of a judge’s law clerks, including the responsibilities for active case files, sitting in on pre-trial conferences, sentencing, and motions arguments. Most students spend a majority of their time researching and writing projects as directed by the judge and supervised by the judge’s senior law clerk.