Course Details

Practicum: Judicial

The goal of this Practicum is to provide students with an understanding of the federal courts, judicial decision-making, and the role of the law clerk. Class topics include opinion drafting, judicial qualifications and selection, judicial ethics, judicial ideology, and sentencing. Students participate in a weekly seminar where they discuss the readings and their externship. In addition, students spend a minimum of 180 hours during the summer in an externship with a federal or state court judge in the Chicago area The externship must start no later than the first week of June and last for a minimum of six weeks (ideally eight weeks or longer). Students must be doing legal work, including legal research and drafting. All rising second and third year students who have secured an externship with a judge doing legal research and drafting are eligible to participate in the Judicial Practicum. Students are responsible for finding their own externships and must have secured an externship in order to enroll in the class. Each externship placement must be approved by the professor teaching the course. The class will begin in May and meet weekly through early August. Registration Requirements: Students must get the faculty member's permission to enroll in the class once they have accepted an externship with a federal or state court judge. Students may not receive any payment from any source for the externship. Students may take the Judicial Practicum only once; students who have previously taken the Judicial Practicum may not enroll. Evaluation Method: Students will keep reflective journals about their externship and issues covered in the class. Students will be evaluated based on their journals, class attendance and participation, and a final paper or presentation. Class Materials: Course materials will be provided on Blackboard.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 647S
Additional Course Information: Not a lottery course,  Requires Practicum Placement


Course History

Summer 2017
Title: Practicum: Judicial
Faculty: Brown, Janet Siegel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 19

Fall 2016
Title: Practicum: Judicial
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Andersen, Wayne
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 16

Summer 2015
Title: Practicum: Judicial
Faculty: Brown, Janet Siegel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 32