CourseFederal Public Defender Externship - Law 693B
Instructor Leticia Marquez   View Faculty Page
Emailleticia_marquez@fd.org
Units 2 - Pass/Fail
Prerequisites:

Students with strong research and writing skills are preferred.

 
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Overview

Students need to apply for this externship with the Federal Public Defender, Tucson office.  The student who is approved for this externship will work on various habeas cases.  This is a unique opportunity for students with an interest in death penalty litigation to learn about this interesting and rapidly developing area of law, as well as to obtain intensive experience in legal research and writing at a sophisticated level, working with attorneys who spend most of their professional energies researching and writing.  Students will spend 100 to 150 hours during the externship.

 
Materials

No books required.

 
Course Format

Weeks 1 – 4

 

Introduce students to essential elements of habeas corpus litigation, including essential elements of  Habeas petition, federal constitutional issues most frequently encountered; review of sample motions related to habeas litigation, and preparation  necessary for participating in hearings.

 

Weeks 5 – 14

 

Students research and write memoranda to attorneys dealing with relevant legal issues.

Students will research and draft appellate briefs, including, when possible, petitions for certiorari submitted to the United States Supreme Court. 

 
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Additional Comments

If you are interested in applying for this externship, please email the following information to Prof. Marquez at leticia_marquez@fd.org.

  • Resume
  • Copy of transcripts (unofficial)
  • Letter of interest
  • Writing sample

You will be notified of your application status within one week of your submission. 

 
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