Q & A with Katy
Why did you choose the externship program?
I applied for the Judicial Externship Program my 3L year after taking a course with Judge Young that really sparked my interest in getting a behind-the-scenes look at the judiciary.
Note: You can read about Katy's experience in the Civil Litigation Clinic in this feature.
What was your externship placement, and what was your role there?
Judge William G. Young, District of Massachusetts. My responsibilities included researching and writing bench memoranda for motions sessions in federal court, drafting opinions, and observing jury selection and trials. I was also able to interact directly with the judge, his courtroom support staff, and several other law clerks and interns in a very collaborative environment.
What was the most memorable experience in your placement, and why?
Attending my first motion session for which I had written a bench memorandum. After reading briefs and researching the law, it's exhilarating to see the parties live - in open court - arguing their points. I took pride in doing my part to help the judge reach the correct result.
What did you gain by participating in the program?
The biggest gain from participating in the Judicial Externship Program was without a doubt the glimpse that I got of the inner workings of judicial chambers. As an aspiring litigator, I found it valuable to de-mystify the judicial end of the process; I'm confident that I have a better sense of what is helpful (and irritating) to judges and clerks in deciding motions. I'd also point out that this experience honed my research and writing skills.
What are your plans after BU Law?
After I graduate, I will join Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston in the litigation department.
What advice would you give to incoming students curious about the clinical programs?
The absolute best thing you can do if you are considering participation in a clinical program is speak with current and former participants, who are uniquely positioned to offer insight about the programs. For my two cents, my clinical experiences were among my best experiences in law school, and I'd highly recommend them to future students.