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Student Work

Student Work

Student Work

The Federal Courts Clinic allows students to work with federal judges throughout the country and at different levels of the judicial system to gain a greater insight into the workings of the federal judiciary.
Students in the clinic will spend winter term on-site working in the Chambers of a federal judge, and then continue their work remotely in the spring semester.
Most students will likely work in the Chambers of either a court of appeals or district court judge, but some students may also work for federal bankruptcy or magistrate judges. Students’ specific assignments will vary according to the needs of their judge, but will likely include drafting bench memos, assisting with preparations for trials, hearings and arguments, and other work related to cases before the court.
The Clinic will be directed by David Zimmer, a Partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Goodwin Procter, who clerked at both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and who has significant experience practicing before all levels of the federal courts. Mr. Zimmer will also teach the Federal Courts Clinical Seminar, in which students in the clinic will have the opportunity to discuss and analyze their experiences to gain greater insight into the broader work of the federal judiciary.

Funding

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs provides limited funding to students in the Federal Court Clinic to travel to their related clinical placements during winter term. This funding is to offset the cost of transportation and housing while off-campus. Read more about the guidelines and how to request funding here.

You can view past clinical placements and read evaluations from past clinical students in the Helios Org Search using this link.

How to Register

How to Register

The clinic is offered in the Winter-Spring semester.  Once enrolled in the clinic, students will meet with the clinic director and then begin the process of applying to potential judicial placements.  The required clinical seminar component will meet in the spring term only.  You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits and the clinical registration process by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

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Clinic Director David Zimmer
dzimmer@law.harvard.edu

Maggie Bay
Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs
Harvard Law School
6 Everett Street, WCC
Suite 3085
Cambridge, MA 02138
mbay@law.harvard.edu