LAWS 255 - Judicial Clerkship Seminar - W
(3 cr.) This course is intended to prepare students for judicial clerkships at either the state or the federal trial or appellate levels. It will supplement the substantive courses that future clerks should take by providing intensive writing experience and by exposing students to a variety of issues important to law clerks. The writing component of the course will require each student to write a bench memorandum, a ruling on a procedural motion, a majority opinion and a dissenting opinion. Each of the writing exercises will deal with a different area of substantive law, which may include federal habeas corpus actions, state constitutional law questions, or any of a wide variety of administrative agency matters. Students will gain experience in research of the types of done by law clerks and will explore matters of court structure, court procedures, clerkships ethical issues and conflicts of interest. Faculty members with clerkship experience will teach the course, with federal and state judges as guest lecturers. Limited enrollment. Full time students must have completed three semesters, and part-time students must have completed five semesters. Enrollment preference will be given to students whose academic performance indicates that they may be competitive in applying for federal and state appellate clerkships.(3 credits)

Law Spring 2017