Judicial Clerkship

Judicial Clerkship - Professor Micah Steinhilb

  • Course Number: LAW-471
  • Course Type: Experiential and Highly Specialized
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: 14
  • Description: Have you ever wondered how a case goes from a complaint to a written decision or from an appellate brief to a published opinion? In this course, students will peer behind the curtain and explore how judicial decisions are made, with an emphasis on the role that law clerks play in the process. This course is designed both for students with a specific interest in clerking or externing for a judge and for students who would like to gain insight into the judicial decision-making and opinion-writing process. The course includes several short legal research and writing assignments that will satisfy the WIE writing requirement. This course is an intensive legal writing course and students should expect significant emphasis on improving their legal writing. For those students interested, externship placements with a state or federal judge in a subsequent semester may be available.


    Micah Steinhilb is an attorney at Forsberg & Umlauf in Portland, OR. Prior to joining that firm, he was a law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals and an extern at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

  • Prerequisite: Lawyering I and Lawyering II
  • Evaluation Method: 2-3 writing assignments, class attendance, and class participation.
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: yes