The Graduate Lawyering Program seeks rising 2Ls and 3Ls to serve as teaching assistants for Graduate Lawyering I. There are 13 sections in the fall. Ten one-credit sections meet every other week; three two-credit intensive sections meet every week. Two additional sections meet for one week in January, the week before the start of spring classes. In the spring semester, faculty teach two more sections of Graduate Lawyering, for which Graduate Lawyering in the fall or January is prerequisite. Thus, in total, the School has seventeen sections of Graduate Lawywering each year, where TAs can play an invaluable role.
Professors Mary Holland, Irene Ayers, Karen Ross, Judge Gerald Lebovits, and Alice Burke teach these classes focusing on legal research, writing and analysis. Students enrolled in the course gain significant practical training.
The Graduate Lawyering I course is for international LLM students and is required for most foreign-trained attorneys expecting to sit for the New York Bar exam. The course employs the same teaching methodologies as the Lawyering Program, but is streamlined and refined specifically for international graduate students. The LLM students are typically lawyers admitted to the bar in other countries and generally have two or more years of practice experience. Many LLM students are non-native English speakers, with varying expertise in US legal research and writing. These students are eager to learn about the American legal system and culture and to get to know JDs who may be in other classes. TAs work with students on ongoing writing projects, advising on structure, content, and style, as well as provide instruction on legal citation. TAs work closely with faculty in a collegial atmosphere.
Working with LLM students is both personally and professionally rewarding, providing the opportunity to start a global professional network while still in law school. It is an excellent opportunity for those with teaching aspirations, and it will give all TAs a chance to focus on their own legal research, writing and analytical skills in the context of helping others.
The Program seeks JD students with strong research, writing and analytical skills, together with excellent people skills.
TAs receive credit on a pass/fail basis and receive half the number of credits that the students do. TAs generally receive one credit for their teaching.
To apply, please send your resume, transcript and a writing sample to the Office of Graduate Affairs at email@example.com with “Graduate Lawyering TA” in the subject line. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Professor Mary Holland, Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.