For 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT
WORK/PROJECTS: Generally, externs are responsible for assisting the
judge and the clerks with the work of chambers. Tasks may include reviewing Office of Staff Counsel recommended
dispositions in cases that are not scheduled for oral argument and presenting
them to the judge for approval; reviewing petitions for rehearing and/or
rehearing en banc and providing voting recommendations; assisting the clerks
with preparation of opinions and bench memoranda; reviewing opinions circulated
by judges (prior to filing) and identifying potential problems, if any; assisting
the judge with substantive motions.
COURSE OR OTHER
REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: The student is required to have excellent research
skills and the ability to present, both orally and in writing, an extern's
findings and recommendations in a concise, coherent manner. The court sits one week each month from
September to June in Richmond, VA. Externs will have limited access to chambers during these weeks. Students MUST be in the top third of the class with journal experience.