Judicial Externship Clinic
Academic Year Placements
Students are placed with judges in state and federal trial and appellate courts, where they work as part-time clerks. Depending on the chambers, students engage in extensive legal research, draft a series of legal memoranda relevant to the case 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 in Jefferson City, Missouri, as well as a state trial court judge or federal district court judge in Missouri or Illinois. Students work 18 or 24 hours per week to earn 3 or 4 credit hours, respectively.
To be eligible for this Clinic, students must complete 46 credit hours prior to the beginning of the semester of taking the Clinic. Legal Profession is a pre- or co-requisite. Students enrolled in this Clinic must also be enrolled concurrently in Judicial Ethics & Court Procedures for 1 credit hour. Priority is given to students with higher grade point averages.
Students interested in this Clinic should contact faculty supervisor Amany Hacking or call (314) 977-2778 for the Judicial Process Clinic.