Judicial Field Placements

B698 is taught by I. Van Der Cruysse

COURSE GOALS: The student will have gained a behind the scenes view of what happens in a courtroom from the judge s perspective, and how cases are discussed and decided behind closed doors in chambers. The student will also learn to discern from the judicial perspective what courtroom style (at oral argument or trial) is effective and what is not effective. Students in judicial externships are typically asked to do extensive legal research and writing. This externship program provides an immersion in legal writing for practice.

COURSE COMPETENCIES: The student will typically have to do legal research and writing (and oral briefing of the judge), will be offered detailed feedback on those assignments, and should be informed of the judicial ethics rules.

STUDENT ROLE: In the externship component, the student will be observing hearings, will be doing research for the judge or the judge s clerk, and will be drafting bench memos/oral briefings, court orders, and parts of draft opinions.

The student is required to work 104 hours on site for 2 credits.

The academic component consists of ABA required work: (1) written goals and objectives for the externship, (2) 6 reflective essays, and (3) a final self assessment and evaluation of the work place. Students are required to maintain and submit a detailed time sheet. Students will meet for a mandatory orientation meeting at noon on the first day of classes, and for three subsequent meetings: 2 with all students in this course, and one exit interview with the faculty supervisor in the last week of the externship.

Additional externship course requirements include weekly time sheets, bi weekly reflective essays, and self assessment exercises.

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS: The student must have successfully completed all 1L courses.

CLIENTELE SERVED: The judiciary and constituents in the jurisdiction.

NATURE OF PRACTICE: Litigation, settlement processes, oral arguments. If specialty court, the substantive area will be limited to that specialty. If general court, then the student would cover any area(s) of that are part of the jurisdiction of this court.

APPLICATION METHOD: Make an appointment in the spring semester prior to starting your search for a placement, with the Faculty Director for Externships and Faculty Advisor, Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse at

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Students are required to apply through the Externship program prior to May 1, 2019 by contacting Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse at, Faculty Director of Externship Programs.

Note: If you have not secured or approved your placement for the fall 2019 yet by registration day, please register for another course you want to take in case securing and/or approving the placement falls through. Once you secure and get your placement approved, you can drop the extra class and add the externship in the first week of classes.

Materials: Any additional reading (e.g. judicial ethics, etc.) required for your externship, will be posted on the class CANVAS page.