2/3 Credits (Clinic)
Students will be placed in the Civil Division of the US Attorney's Office in Boston and will be under the supervision of a designated assistant US attorney. Students will work with assistant US attorneys on a wide variety of matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the Civil Division. The bulk of the work will involve research and writing on litigation-related legal issues that are directly pertinent to the subjects covered in the Federal Courts class (e.g. justiciability and immunity defenses, government enforcement actions, civil rights litigation). Students will prepare memoranda and drafts of arguments to be included in briefs, may assist in discovery or case investigation, may attend court hearings, and will generally assist in the normal work of the office. Students will submit weekly journals, describing and reflecting on their experiences in the field, and will meet in a series of seminars with the course instructor and/or the Clinical Director to explore the relationship between the principles covered in the substantive class and the students' fieldwork. The US Attorney's Office only accepts students for the 15-hour (3-credit) version of this clinic. NOTE: ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS COURSE IS DEPENDENT ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A BACKGROUND CHECK. Prerequisite/Corequisite FC379. This course satisfies the Experiential Education/Professional Skills Requirement.