Students clerk with a judge or magistrate of a U.S. District Court, attend classroom discussions of issues relevant to the clerkship, read selected articles about the judicial and clerkship experience, and record their reflections in writing. Students are expected to spend about 15 hours per week working for the judge or magistrate, which includes at least one day (or two half days) per week in chambers. Participation in the program is contingent upon the availability of positions and approval of your application by a judge or magistrate.
In the fieldwork component of the course, students work 15 hours. They must spend at least one full day or two half days in chambers. Students help draft opinions and observe various court proceedings including trials, hearings, and conferences. They also observe settlement conferences.