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LAW 1174 v00 : Supreme Court Institute Judicial Clerkship Practicum

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LAW 1174 v00: Supreme Court Institute Judicial Clerkship Practicum
Supreme Court Institute Judicial Clerkship Practicum
M 3:30-5:30p
Special Requirement


Students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.

This course is open to J.D. students only.

This course may be suitable for evening students who have sufficient flexibility in their day jobs to take time off to attend the weekly seminar (3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. each Monday); conduct a case conference with their Justice/professor (roughly an hour, scheduled at the professor’s convenience); and observe their assigned moot court (a two-hour session during the working day, scheduled to accommodate the needs of the advocate).

THIS COURSE REQUIRES PROFESSOR PERMISSION TO ENROLL. Students must submit a Statement of Interest (one page double-spaced), explaining his or her interest in the course to Professor Dori Bernstein ( by June 4, 2018.

FIRST CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. All enrolled and waitlisted students must be in attendance at the start of the first class session in order to be eligible for a seat in the class.

This is a three credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and one credit will be awarded for approximately five hours of supervised project work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. The seminar and project components will be graded.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and project components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and project components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

Would you like to offer the Pass/Fail grading option?

Does this course qualify as a "simulation course"?

Is this course available to distance students?

Is this a mandatory Pass-Fail course?


Personal Information


Dori Bernstein served for many years as an appellate litigator in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Bernstein previously worked as a law clerk to then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as a staff attorney in the Office of the Chief Staff Counsel for the D.C. Circuit, and as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a graduate of New York University Law School and earned an LLM in Appellate Advocacy as a fellow in the Appellate Litigation Clinic at Georgetown Law.

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