Preparing for a Federal District Clerkship
- Semester: Spring 2022
- Course ID: 284T
- Credit Hours: 2
- Grading Method: Pass/Fail Mandatory
- Experiential Credit: 2 credit hours
- Upperclass-only elective
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Same as LAW 279P, Topic: Preparing for a Federal District Clerkship.
This course is for 3Ls who will be clerking for a federal district or magistrate judge. It is taught by an active and a recently-retired federal magistrate judge, both of whom also clerked for a federal district judge.
On your first day in your new clerkship, you will inherit the responsibility of overseeing a docket of 100 or more cases, all of which have ongoing motion practice, upcoming trial dates, and a lot for a law clerk to do. And most of the things you will need to do are things you have never done before, like preparing a bench memo for a hearing, or an order denying a 12(b)(6) motion. The first few months in a clerkship can be pretty overwhelming. This class is intended to provide you with enough knowledge and insight into the nuts and bolts of a district or magistrate judge clerkship to allow you to hit the ground running on your first day. It covers everything from how to read a docket sheet and find the pleadings in your cases, to drafting a memorandum opinion. It is a two-credit, pass/fail, small and collaborative class.
Permission to enroll must be acquired prior to registration. Students must have a verified federal district clerkship. Before the registration period begins, email Andrea Stanfill: email@example.com to request verification and departmental access to register online.
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