Law 850A/B - Advanced Judicial Process - Judicial Externship

Laurie Jane Taylor

Laurie Jane Taylor

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Wittenberg University, 1974
M.A. State University of New York at Binghamton, 1976
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1986
Course Description:

This two-unit course examines the judicial process and supports judicial externs.  Readings and discussion will address: the roles of judges, clerks, research attorneys and externs in drafting judicial opinions; judicial ethics and confidentiality; sincerity and justification in crafting judicial opinions; precedent and publication of judicial opinions; judicial bias and implicit bias; the role of settlement in a system with heavy caseloads; and judicial selection and retention. On occasion there will be guest speakers. Grading is based on a final paper and class participation and attendance.

NOTE: This course is open only to students on judicial externships.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the seminar students will have:

1. A deeper understanding of how judges reach decisions and what part clerks and externs play in judges' orders and opinions;

2. A sharpened sense of ethics and responsibility to inform their future work as lawyers;

3. An improved ability to read and interpret judicial opinions;

4. An increased recognition of how overt and implicit bias interact in the judicial system;

5. A familiarity with judicial selection and how it impacts the quality of judges;

6. An appreciation of how caseload pressures encourage settlement and plea bargaining.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Laurie Taylor 19F 850B TUT 1 R 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No
  Law 850B is limited to students participating in the judicial externship program. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.
Laurie Taylor 19F 850A FLD 1 Unscheduled 11.0 No No
  Law 850A is limited to students participating in the judicial externship program. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.
Laurie Taylor 20S 850B TUT 1 R 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No
  Law 850B is limited to students participating in the judicial externship program. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.
Laurie Taylor 20S 850A FLD 1 Unscheduled 11.0 No No
  Law 850A is limited to students participating in the judicial externship program. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.