Judicial Process in Community Courts Clinic

Judicial Process in Community Courts Clinic

Judge John Cratsley
Spring 2013 clinic
2, 3, or 4 clinical credits

Students who enroll in this clinic may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Co-requisite Class: Judicial Process in Community Courts Clinical Seminar (2 Spring credits). Clinic and class enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. clinic) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. class).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: January 18, 2013.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.

Clinical placements are available with individual justices of the District Court, Boston Municipal Court, Juvenile Court, Housing Court, and Superior Court departments of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and, with the instructor's permission, with judges of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts. Students work alongside a judge observing court as well as doing legal research and writing for their judge. Students will gain insights into judicial reasoning and decision-making. They will also better understand the career of a judge as they have the opportunity to discuss a variety of trials, opinions, sentences, and other judicial matters with their supervising judge. Students are expected to both observe court proceedings, complex and simple; and be available for legal research and drafting assignments from their judge. Clinical students are expected to be available to do research and writing projects for their assigned judge, and are expected to observe and assist their judge for at least 2 clinical credits, or ten hours per week (one full day or two mornings). Students may elect additional clinical credits if they do expanded hours of fieldwork.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function, Procedure & Practice