Office of the Law School Registrar
Summer Semester 2003
**Please be sure to note that special registration deadlines apply for the courses listed below.**
Students in the Judicial Externship summer course learn litigation and appellate advocacy skills working as law clerks for judges. Students can work for state, federal, or tribal judges at the trial (including district, magistrate, and bankruptcy) or appellate levels in Missouri, Illinois, or elsewhere across the country. Students develop advanced legal research and writing skills through the research and drafting of legal memoranda on cases pending before the courts. Students also enhance their understanding of civil and criminal practice and procedure, and gain insights into judicial perspectives through the clerkship and through required observation of civil and criminal litigation.
The summer Judicial Externship course utilizes a cadre of participating judges in the Missouri/Illinois metro area who supervise Judicial Clerkship students during the regular academic year. Students who wish to do summer clerkships with judges outside the Missouri/Illinois metro area may do so but must demonstrate to the Director of the Clinical Program that the proposed placement is comparable in rigor to the local placements. Students working with local judges meet with Professor Bobinette on a weekly basis. For out-of-town placements, Professor Bobinette meets with students at the beginning and end of their out-of-town placements, and communicates with them weekly by phone and e-mail. He reviews the students' written work in the same way he does for the locally placed students.
This course will be graded on a pass /fail basis. For 3 credits, students in this course must work in their placements a minimum of 150 hours and produce a minimum of 30 pages of polished research and writing, including outlines and first drafts (for 4 credits, 200 hours and 40 pages) over a period of approximately six to ten weeks. Students are strongly encouraged to spread the work out over a ten-week period in order to develop a solid working relationship with the judge and law clerks. Students may begin work before the beginning of regular summer school courses through arrangement with the instructor.
Pre-registration: Open registration continues until the first day of classes, based on placement availability. To ensure a placement, students are advised to submit pre-registration forms by Friday, April 4, 2003. There is a group orientation meeting on Monday, April 7, 4:30 p.m., Room 305 for students registered by that date. Placement preference forms will be distributed to students by the Clinical Office on or before that meeting and are due back to the Clinical Office, Room 589 by Tuesday, April 8. Professor Bobinette works individually with students on their placements and assigns placements after the initial meeting, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students have the opportunity to accept/reject their placement sites within one day of receiving notification of their placement.
Students who will not have completed a) at least 12 credits of upper level law courses and b) a course in legal ethics by the beginning of the clerkship and students who desire to work outside the St. Louis metropolitan area, should contact Prof. Karen Tokarz, Director of Clinical Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or 935-6414 (Room 584), for permission to enroll in this externship. Please direct questions about placement sites to Professor Bobinette at 621-9550, Professor Tokarz, or the clinical staff in Room 589, at 935-5599 or 935-6419.
WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In the interest of maintaining excellent relationships with our placement sites, once a student has accepted her/his placement, s/he may not drop this course, & will receive a grade of pass or fail(70).
Students in the Lawyering Practice Externship summer course learn advocacy and litigation skills working in agencies or government law offices under the supervision of clinical field supervisors. Students may handle cases in civil or criminal matters and have the opportunity to work in public or private offices. Students engage in various phases of lawyering practice, including interviewing, counseling, investigation, drafting, negotiation, and settlement. Students who are Rule 13 certified may participate in legal hearings, motions, trials, and appeals. Rule 13 applications can be picked up in the Student Forms and Information area near the student mailboxes. To be eligible for Rule 13 certification, students must have completed at least 42 credits.
Students may work in any office that is utilized by the Clinical Program during the regular academic year, including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (handling landlord/tenant, consumer, domestic relations, government benefits, education, and mental health cases); the Missouri Public Defender’s Office (working in the misdemeanor, juvenile, or felony units); the criminal and civil divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the E.D. Mo. in downtown St. Louis or for S.D. Ill., just across the river; or in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission district office in St. Louis. This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis. For 3 credits, students in this course must work in their placements a minimum of 150 hours and complete designated assignments. For 4 credits, students must work a minimum of 200 hours and complete designated assignments.
Pre-registration: Open registration continues, based on placement availability. To ensure a placement, students should submit pre-registration forms by Friday, April 4, 2003. Professor Bobinette will work with interested students on an individual basis. There is a group orientation meeting on Monday, April 7, 4:30 p.m., Room 305 for students registered by that date. Once a student accepts his or her placement, the student may not drop the course. A student who accepts a placement will receive a grade of pass or fail.
Students who have not completed a) at least 12 credits of upper level law courses and b) a course in legal ethics by the beginning of the externship should contact either Prof. Bobinette (621-9550) or Prof. Karen Tokarz, Director of Clinical Education, at email@example.com or 935-6414 (Room 584) for permission to enroll. Particular prerequisites may apply depending upon the externship. Students should speak directly with Professor Bobinette or Professor Tokarz regarding required experience or pre-requisites as they vary according to the externship.
WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In the interest of maintaining excellent relationships with our placement sites, once a student has accepted her/his placement, s/he may not drop this course, and will receive a grade of pass or fail (70).