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 judges 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.

In the classroom component of this externship course, students will become familiar with judicial ethics; the judiciary as a branch of government: its organization and structure; judicial selection and election; judicial decision-making processes.

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 judges clerk, and will be drafting bench memos/oral briefings, court orders, and parts of draft opinions.

For this course, the student will register for 3 credits: 2 credits will take place in the field placement (104 hours of on-site work), and 1 credit will consist of classroom instruction lawyering in the public interest, Mondays, 4:30PM-5:25PM.

Additional externship course requirements include weekly time-sheets and reflective essays, and 2 self-assessment exercises.

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: 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Faculty approval prior to registration will be required: students can contact Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse at for an approval form.