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									                    Widener University School of Law
                      Judicial Externship Program
                        Syllabus for 2004-2005

Assignment No. 1
      Orientation and Learning Agenda
          (Class Meeting 9/13; Individual Meetings 9/7 – 9/24)
            Reading Assignment for discussion, class session - Monday, 9/13:
                 Chambers Handbook for Judges’ Law Clerks and Secretaries
                 Federal Judicial Center, 1994
                        Chapters 1 & 2 (pp. 9 – 22)
                        Chapter 7 (pp. 139 – 170)

                Gay Talese: New York Is a City of Things Unnoticed

                J. Daniel Mahoney: Law Clerks: For Better or For Worse
                54 Brooklyn Law Review 321 (1988)

(See “Readings” folder under Course Information on the JEP Course Homepage.)


            Writing Assignment due by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, 9/13:
                             a) MacCrate Survey
                             b) Learning Agenda Memorandum


Assignment No. 2
      Legal Ethics for the Judicial Extern
          (Small Group Meetings (Presentations) 10/18)
            Reading Assignment for discussion, class session – Monday 10/18:

                Chambers Handbook for Judges’ Law Clerks and Secretaries
                     Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees (pp. 171 – 184)

                John Paul Jones: Some Ethical Considerations for Judicial Clerks
                4 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 771 (1991).

(See “Readings” folder under Course Information on the JEP Course Homepage.)

            Reflective Writing due by midnight on Sunday, 10/31.

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Assignment No. 3
      Judicial Decisionmaking I
          (Small Group Meetings (Presentations) 11/15 & 22)
            Reading Assignment for discussion, class session – Monday 11/15 & 22:

                Jerome Frank: Are Judges Human?
                80 U. Pa. L. Rev. 17, 17-19, 31, 33, 37, 42, 48-49 (1931).

                H.L.A. Hart: Positivism and the Separation of Law and Morals
                71 Harv. L. Rev. 593, 594-95, 606-07, 612-18, 620-21 (1958).

            Reflective Writing due by midnight on Sunday, 11/28.



Assignment No. 4
      Multi-State Performance Test
                          Pick up available 11/8 from Carol Perrupato (Faculty
                           Secretary, 4th Floor).
                           Due 11/15, 4:30 P.M., to Carol Perrupato.
                           Individual Meetings 11/22 – 12/10, to be scheduled.




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Assignment No. 5 (Spring Term)
      The Quality of Lawyering: Theory of the Case
       (Small Group Meetings (Presentations) 2/7 & 2/14)
 Reflective Writing due by midnight on Sunday, 2/6
              Berger, Mitchell & Clark: Case Theory
              Pages 18 – 33 from Pretrial Advocacy, Little Brown & Co. (1988)

                Steven Lubet: Bullying from the Bench
                5 Green Bag 2d 11 (2001)




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Assignment No. 6
      Judicial Decisionmaking II
          (Small Group Meetings (Presentations) 3/14 & 3/21)
           Reflective Writing due by midnight on Sunday, 3/13
                 Martha L. Minow & Elizabeth V. Spelman: Passion for Justice
                 10 Cardozo Law Review 37 – 68 (1988).

                Alex Kozinski: What I Ate for Breakfast and Other Mysteries of Judicial
                               Decisionmaking
                26 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 933 (1993)

                Timothy J. Capurso: How Judges Judge: Theories on Judicial
                                    Decisionmaking
                University of Baltimore Law Forum (1988)



Assignment No. 7
      Judging the Judges
          (Small Group Meetings (Presentations) 4/11 & 4/18)
           Reflective Writing due by midnight on Sunday, 4/10
             Individual Meetings 4/19 to 5/15, to be scheduled.
                 Laura K. Ray: Judging the Justices: A Supreme Court Performance
                               Review
                 76 Temple L.Rev. 209 (2003)

                Videotape of Professor Ray’s 2003 Albert H. Young Lecture will be on
                reserve in the library, to be viewed in conjunction with reading of her
                article and discussion (online and in small groups).



Additional Course Requirement
      Clerkship Task Requirement
                Each judicial extern is required to choose (at least) three tasks from the
                Delaware Supreme Court Law Clerk Schedule and perform them in the
                course of the two-semester time in the program. Once the tasks are
                performed, a judge or a clerk must certify completion of the tasks, and a
                reflective writing describing the tasks, the work performed to complete
                them, and thoughts on their relevance to a legal career must be submitted.

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