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Externship: US Attorney's Office Criminal Division (Quaglia)

Spring 2024   LAW 843-002  

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Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
100% Other (Externships are graded Credit/No Credit)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

Meeting Times/Location
TBA TBA

Category
Clinics/Externships

Credits
7.0

PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES FOR EXTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE ON THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS PAGE.

Externship with the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia (Only 3L students may apply):

This externship is for students interested in federal criminal law and federal prosecution. Students will be assigned to the Violent Crime Unit or the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit of the US Attorney’s Office where they will engage in and observe all phases of work in these units. These units prosecute criminals involved in a variety of gun, drug and violent crimes, including international drug cartels, violent street gangs, dangerous recidivist offenders, and those that launder money proceeds from these crimes. Students will be expected to help research case law, draft legal memoranda and briefs, and review and analyze evidence in preparation for criminal charges, court hearings, and trials. Students will also have the opportunity to observe all manner of court hearings and jury trials before federal district court and magistrate judges.

A security clearance must be obtained prior to the start of the semester's work. Obtaining a security clearance can take up to 8 weeks. This is a 7-credit externship that will require 21 hours per week (students work directly with the US Attorney’s Office to set a mutually convenient schedule of hours in the office).

In order to be considered for enrollment, interested students must submit an application by 10 AM on October 11 to externships@law.upenn.edu. All applications will then be reviewed by the US Attorney’s Office, who may then contact students to schedule an interview.

If you would like to submit an application, please e-mail your materials to externships@law.upenn.edu. Please include “US Attorney’s Office – Criminal Division Application” in the subject line. The application should contain one pdf file that includes the following: i) a one-page statement of interest, ii) a resume, and iii) an unofficial transcript with your name on it.

IN-PERSON BI-WEEKLY SEMINAR COURSE REQUIREMENT: Before the semester begins, students will receive an email to choose one of two seminar times and should plan their course and work schedules accordingly. Students may not switch the seminar day and time once they have committed to one of the options. The options are as follows:

Criminal Justice Externship Seminar The Criminal Justice Externship Seminar taught by Professor Kathryn Quaglia will meet beginning the week of January 22. Students will choose either Tuesday 12 to 1 p.m. or Wednesday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Advanced Externship Seminar Students who have previously taken the Criminal Justice Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and who are registering for a second criminal externship will take the Advanced Externship Seminar. The Advanced Externship Seminar will meet every other week beginning the week of January 16 and students will have the option to choose Tuesday 12-1 p.m. or Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Note that a student may only take the Advanced Seminar if the student has previously taken the Criminal Justice Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and is registering for a second criminal law externship or has previously taken the Civil Externship Seminar with Professor Quaglia and is registering for a second civil law externship. A student who has completed a civil externship who is then registering for their first externship at a criminal law placement must take the Criminal Justice Externship Seminar; a student who has completed a criminal law externship who is then registering for their first externship at a civil law placement must take the Civil Law Externship Seminar.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

Criminal Law and Procedure Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of criminal law and procedure; Perform legal analysis in the context of criminal law and procedure; Communicate effectively on topics related to criminal law and procedure; Demonstrate an understanding of the role criminal law and procedure play in society and their impact on other areas of law and society.