Judicial Field Placements

B698 is taught by I. Van Der Cruysse

COURSE GOALS: The student will have gained a behind-the-scenes view of what happens in a courtroom from the judge#s perspective, and how cases are discussed and decided. The student will also learn to discern from the judicial perspective what courtroom style (at oral argument or trial) is effective and what is not effective.

COURSE COMPETENCIES: The student will typically have to do legal research and writing (or oral briefing of the judge), will be offered detailed feedback on those assignments, and should be informed of the judicial ethics rules.

STUDENT ROLE: In the externship component, the student will be observing hearings, will be doing research for the judge or the judge#s clerk, and will be drafting bench memos/oral briefings, court orders, and parts of draft opinions.

When there is a classroom component offered, the student will be learning from a judge#s perspective how one branch of government, the judiciary, operates as an administration, plays a role in history, what specific professional ethics are required of a judge, and how judges make decisions.

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS: The student must have successfully completed all 1L courses.

CLIENTELE SERVED: The judiciary.

NATURE OF PRACTICE: Litigation, settlement processes, oral arguments. If specialty court, the substantive area will be limited to that specialty. If general court, then the student would cover any area(s) of that are part of the jurisdiction of this court.

APPLICATION METHOD: Make an appointment with the Faculty Director for Externships and Faculty Advisor, Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse at

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Students are required to apply through the Externship program during the semester by contacting Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse at, Faculty Director of Externship Programs.