Preparing for a Federal District Clerkship

Class Unique: 28495

This course is intended to help prepare students for a clerkship with a federal district or magistrate judge.  It is taught by an active federal magistrate judge, who also clerked for a federal district judge.  It is only open to students who have accepted a federal trial court clerkship. It covers the common issues you will encounter as a clerk, and how to research and write about those issues. You will draft bench memos, prepare orders, and analyze legal issues using real case files. This is a two-credit, pass/fail course.


Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Wednesday 3:45 - 5:35 pm TNH 3.129
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory


  • Federal Jurisdiction - Erwin Chemerinsky
      Wolters Kluwer , edition: 7th
      ISBN: 978-1-4548-7661-8   (required)
  • The All Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking - Abigail L. Perdue
      West Academic Publishing , edition: n/a (only one)
      ISBN: 978-1-63460-822-0   (optional)