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Externship With District Court Judge vs. Magistrate Judge

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:25 am

I have interviews coming up with a few federal judges for externships this summer. A few are with district judges, but one is with a magistrate judge. This is in the central district of CA.

Can anyone fill me in on the basic differences between district and magistrate judges? Also, how are the duties of an extern different for a district versus magistrate judge?

Thanks.

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Re: Externship With District Court Judge vs. Magistrate Judge

Postby sundance95 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:30 am

Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone fill me in on the basic differences between district and magistrate judges?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=federal+district+j ... rate+judge

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Re: Externship With District Court Judge vs. Magistrate Judge

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:52 am

sundance95 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone fill me in on the basic differences between district and magistrate judges?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=federal+district+j ... rate+judge

Google is not the same as feedback from people who have actually clerked or interned with these types of judges.

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Re: Externship With District Court Judge vs. Magistrate Judge

Postby kings84_wr » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:53 am

Just anecdotal from my own experience. I worked for a fed judge but worked in the same office as interns for a magistrate.

I think for both jobs, its pretty similar for work product. The main process is working on an order on the calendar for some type of motion. The clerks assign the intern a motion, the intern gets the attorney's briefs, writes a tentative order, edits a thousand times, watches the oral arguments, and then talks to the clerks and judges and adjusts from there to a final order.

The interns I knew for the magistrate mainly worked on things like social security claims, motions to compel or other discovery issues, and other pre-trial stuff. They also tended to deal with a lot of pro se litigants.

In comparison for the art III judges, we worked on more broad subject matter and trials and dispositive motions.

More particular to my own experience, we'd do projects for the judge if asked, watch trials (especially verdicts and voir dire), prepare for motions in limine, and other time fillers in between larger assignments. I also did a habeas corpus 2255.

More generally In crim law, Magistrates can do arraignments, misdemeanor crimes, give certain types of warrants, and sometimes evidentiary motions. Largely things that will save a busy Art III judge some time.

For civil they do lots of non dispositive orders things like discovery motions. Or if the parties consent they can go through adjudication (I.E. the social security stuff I talked about above)

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Re: Externship With District Court Judge vs. Magistrate Judge

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:48 am

kings84_wr wrote:Just anecdotal from my own experience. I worked for a fed judge but worked in the same office as interns for a magistrate.

I think for both jobs, its pretty similar for work product. The main process is working on an order on the calendar for some type of motion. The clerks assign the intern a motion, the intern gets the attorney's briefs, writes a tentative order, edits a thousand times, watches the oral arguments, and then talks to the clerks and judges and adjusts from there to a final order.

The interns I knew for the magistrate mainly worked on things like social security claims, motions to compel or other discovery issues, and other pre-trial stuff. They also tended to deal with a lot of pro se litigants.

In comparison for the art III judges, we worked on more broad subject matter and trials and dispositive motions.

More particular to my own experience, we'd do projects for the judge if asked, watch trials (especially verdicts and voir dire), prepare for motions in limine, and other time fillers in between larger assignments. I also did a habeas corpus 2255.

More generally In crim law, Magistrates can do arraignments, misdemeanor crimes, give certain types of warrants, and sometimes evidentiary motions. Largely things that will save a busy Art III judge some time.

For civil they do lots of non dispositive orders things like discovery motions. Or if the parties consent they can go through adjudication (I.E. the social security stuff I talked about above)

Thanks for the feedback, this was helpful.

The judge I met with told me that he mostly assigns social security cases to his externs. He admitted that it's not for everybody.




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