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B698 Judicial Field Placements

Description Judicial field placements (also known as externships) offer second- and third-year students an unparalleled opportunity to study at first hand judicial decision-making; federal and state jurisdiction; civil and criminal procedure; and the court system as a whole, as well as to polish skills in legal research, writing, observation, and analysis. During the fall or spring semester, students spend one full day (or two half-days) per week, for 11-12 weeks, in the chambers of a federal or state judge, for a total of one hundred (100) hours of field work over the course of the semester. Their work is directed by the judge and/or law clerks, and reviewed by the professor. Students share some of the duties of the judge#s law clerks, including the responsibility for active case files. Students often also observe trials, arguments, pre-trial conferences, and sentencing hearings. This field work will begin the second or third week of the semester; before their first day at the court, students will meet with the instructor at a mutually convenient time, for up to a total of four (4) hours, to prepare for the externship by reviewing judicial ethics; opinion-writing; and structural issues. As the semester goes on, students will also submit a series of short reflective essays on their externship experience. Students seeking externships with a judge or judge magistrate in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, or a justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, must apply through Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse, Director of Externships and Clerkship Placements. Students who are interested in one of the Southern District or Indiana Supreme Court externships must apply to Prof. Van der Cruysse by submitting a resume, college and law school transcript, and writing sample by September 15 (for a Spring semester externship), February 15 (for a summer externship), and April 15 (for a Fall semester externship), at ivanderc@indiana.edu, identifying the day(s) of the week that you would be available to work in chambers. The availability of judicial externships is limited, and ultimately will depend on judges# selections. Judges# preferences vary based on a wide number of factors, including students# class year, courses taken, academic strengths, and areas of special interest. Students interested in externships with state intermediate appellate or trial judges, or judges outside Indiana, should also submit their materials to Prof. Van der Cruysse as early as possible in the preceding semester. Students may pursue those state, intermediate appellate, and out-of-state judicial externships on their own, but Prof. Van der Cruysse is happy to suggest potential placements based on our students# past experience and to support your search.

Note This course satisfies the professional skills requirement.

Faculty S. Lahn

SemesterTitleFaculty
Fall 2016-2017Judicial Field PlacementsVan Der Cruysse, I.
Summer I 2015-2016Judicial Field PlacementsVan Der Cruysse, I.
Summer I 2015-2016Judicial Field PlacementsVan Der Cruysse, I.
Summer I 2015-2016Judicial Field PlacementsVan Der Cruysse, I.
Spring 2015 - 2016Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2015 - 2016Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Spring 2014 - 2015Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2014 - 2015Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Spring 2013 - 2014Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2013 - 2014Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Spring 2012 - 2013Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2012 - 2013Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Spring 2011 - 2012Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2011 - 2012Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Spring 2010 - 2011Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Spring 2010 - 2011Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2010 - 2011Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2009 - 2010Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.