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Externship Category: Bankruptcy Law

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Judge James R. Sacca, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Externs will work with Judge Sacca and his law clerks observing bankruptcy-related hearings and trials, performing legal research, discussing case resolution, and drafting orders and opinions.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Bankruptcy coursework (either previous or concurrent)
  • Interest in bankruptcy law
  • Top 1/3 of class

Preferences:

  • Security Interests & Liens coursework (either previous or concurrent)
  • Real Estate coursework (either previous or concurrent)
  • Law Review and/or Moot Court
  • Rising and current third-year students are preferred, but second-year students will also be considered.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Spring and Fall Semesters:  Externs will be asked to commit to 10-15 hours per week, preferably on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for maximum courtroom observation time.
  • Summer Semester:  Externs will be asked to commit to 30-40 hours per week for 10 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.
  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation.
Judge Paul M. Baisier, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Externs will work with Judge Baisier and his law clerk. Responsibilities will include calendar preparation, legal research, writing memoranda, attending hearings and trials and drafting orders.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Basic Bankruptcy coursework

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation.
  • Students must submit a writing sample (preferably unedited by others) and a copy of their law school grades at the time of application. Applicants should indicate whether their submitted writing sample has been edited by others, and if it has been, to what extent.
  • Externs will receive the broadest experience if they can manage a flexible schedule. Tuesdays and Thursdays are recommended.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 25-40 hours per week. 
Judge Wendy L. Hagenau, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases, which are handled by the Bankruptcy Court.  Bankruptcy judges serve as judicial officers of the bankruptcy court for their respective districts. The U.S. court of appeals for each circuit appoints bankruptcy judges to renewable fourteen-year terms.

Externs will work with Judge Hagenau and her law clerk. Activities include research and writing memoranda, drafting orders and opinions, and attending hearings and trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Interest in bankruptcy law

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation of student.
  • Students should plan to be at the externship site on Wednesdays or Thursdays for courtroom observation.

 

U.S. Trustee

SITE DESCRIPTION

The United States Trustee Program is a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 586 and 11 U.S.C. 101, et seq. The Program consists of an Executive Office for United States Trustees in Washington, D.C., as well as 21 regional U.S. Trustee Offices nationwide. The United States Trustee Program acts in the public interest to promote the efficiency and to protect and preserve the integrity of the bankruptcy system. It works to secure the just, speedy, and economical resolution of bankruptcy cases; monitors the conduct of parties and takes action to ensure compliance with applicable laws and procedures; identifies and investigates bankruptcy fraud and abuse; and oversees administrative functions in bankruptcy cases.

Students will work at the Office of the United States Trustee. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop practical lawyering skills by participating in a broad range of activities. Interns review and evaluate case files, analyze and comment on legal documents and financial reports, prepare pleadings, conduct investigations, explore ethical issues, perform legal research, and attend meetings and hearings. Our goal is to provide students with a solid understanding of the role and function of the United States Trustee.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • The Statement of Interest should explain, with particularlity, the student's interest in bankruptcy law and the United States Trustee Program.
  • Eligibility:  Students enrolled at least half-time in law school may participate in volunteer legal internships up to the time of graduation from law school. Law school graduates who are enrolled in graduate law programs (e.g., LL.M. programs) at least half time may also serve as volunteer interns.Security and Suitability Issues: Prior to entry on duty, all interns undergo a suitability determination based on information provided in their security forms, a credit report, and fingerprint check.
  • Drug Testing:  It is the policy of the Department of Justice to achieve a drug-free workplace. Drug testing for volunteer internships may be required at the discretion of the employing office.
  • Citizenship Requirement: Only U.S. citizens are eligible for internships with the U.S. Trustee Program.
  • Residency Requirement:  For a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: (1) resided in the U.S.; (2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or, (3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas.
  • Withdrawal of an Offer:  The Department can withdraw an offer if the suitability inquiry reveals information that precludes a security and/or suitability clearance. Common problems that arise in background investigations that may result in the withdrawal of an offer include a history of unlawful use of drugs, failure to fulfill tax obligations, failure to comply with financial obligations, failure to register with the Selective Service, or misrepresentation on the security forms.