March 16, 2012—Students from University of California law schools, including UCLA, who were participating in the University of California Washington DC Law Program (UCDC), a full-time legal externship, had the unique and perhaps once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting with and asking questions of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
At an event moderated by Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, held February 27, 2012, at the U.C. Washington Center, Justice Stephen Breyer discussed his new book, Making Democracy Work, A Judge’s View, with a group of more than 200 undergrad and law school students. Immediately following the talk, Justice Breyer graciously agreed to meet separately with 14 law students from UC law schools and three from Columbia Law School. In this intimate setting, Justice Breyer answered questions on a range of topics regarding the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court and provided a rare glimpse into his decision-making process. Following the session, Justice Breyer autographed copies of his book for the students.
The UCDC Law Program is a uniquely collaborative, full-semester externship program in Washington, D.C., open to law students from Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis and UC Irvine. The program combines a weekly seminar-style course with a full-time field placement to offer law students an unparalleled opportunity to learn how federal statutes, regulations and policies are made, changed and understood in the nation’s capital.
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