Judicial Process Externship Clinic

Students are placed with judges in state and federal trial and appellate courts, where they work as part-time law clerks. Depending on the chambers, students engage in extensive legal research, draft a series of legal memoranda relevant to cases under submission by the courts, as well as observe hearings, trials and other court proceedings from the unique perspective of the judge and his or her chambers. In the spring semester, students also have the opportunity to work at the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District. Students assist the judges in preparing bench briefs and final opinions and observe oral arguments. Students work 9 or 12 hours per week to earn 3 or 4 credit hours, respectively.

During the summer, students may clerk for a Missouri Supreme Court Judge, a state trial court judge, or federal district court judge in Missouri or Illinois. Students work 18 or 24 hours per week during the seven week session to earn 3 or 4 credit hours, respectively.

General Requirements

To be eligible for this Clinic, students must have completed one-half of their law school credit hours. Legal Profession is a pre- or co-requisite for this Clinic. Students enrolled in this Clinic must also be enrolled concurrently in Judicial Ethics & Court Procedure for 1 credit hour.

Contact Information

Students interested in this clinic should contact Professor Susan McGraugh at mcgraugh@slu.edu or call (314) 977-5201