Preparing for a Federal District Clerkship

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WED 3:45 - 5:35 pm TNH 3.129

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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.


Textbooks ( * denotes required )

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


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
10/30/2017 Course title updated