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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, judicial externs will work one full day (or two half-days) per week, for 11-12 weeks, in the chambers of a federal or state judge. 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 the Dean#s Chief of Staff, Inge Van der Cruysse, who directs externship programs. The availability of these placements is limited, and ultimately will depend on judges# selections. Judges# preferences often vary based on students# class year, courses taken, academic strengths, and areas of special interest. Students who are interested in one of the Southern District or Indiana Supreme Court externships must apply by meeting with Inge Van der Cruysse and submitting a resume, college and law school transcript, and writing sample by September 15 (for a spring externship), February 15 (for a summer externship), and April 15 (for a fall semester externship) at, identifying the day(s) of the week that you would be available to work in chambers. Students who plan to arrange externships with state intermediate appellate or trial judges outside Indiana for credit should enroll under this course number as well, and then should set up a meeting with Inge Van der Cruysse. Students may pursue those placements on their own, but Inge Van der Cruysse is happy to suggest potential state-court judicial externships, based on our students# past experience, and to support your placement search. Pass/Fail. Note: This course satisfies the professional skills requirement.

Note This course satisfies the professional skills requirement.

Faculty S. Lahn

Fall 2015 - 2016Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Spring 2014 - 2015Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Fall 2014 - 2015Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Spring 2013 - 2014Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Fall 2013 - 2014Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Spring 2012 - 2013Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Fall 2012 - 2013Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Spring 2011 - 2012Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Fall 2011 - 2012Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Spring 2010 - 2011Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Spring 2010 - 2011Judicial Field PlacementsLahn, S.
Fall 2010 - 2011Judicial Field PlacementsLahn
Fall 2009 - 2010Judicial Field PlacementsLahn