An important way to understand what judges and lawyers do in court is—not surprisingly—to see them in action.
For law students there are two ways of accomplishing this: either the court can come to you, or you can go to the court. In the fall of 2012, the court—specifically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit—did come to you, and us, when a panel of the Second Circuit held oral argument in New York Law School’s auditorium. We look forward to similar events in the future.
But New York Law School is located in the midst of courts, here in lower Manhattan—including, literally, around the corner from our buildings. You may be able to visit one of these courts as part of a class, and you can also visit on your own.
Here are four websites that you may find useful in choosing a court to visit:
For New York state courts: New York CourtHelp. Clicking on the county you’re interested in will bring you to a list of all the New York State and New York City courts in that county, and to links for each of these courts to a range of information about each one.
For federal courts in New York: This FindLaw page gives links to the federal courts sitting in New York (the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the federal district courts, and bankruptcy courts), and a range of other information about the courts in this state.
For federal and state courts in New Jersey (Newark is a PATH ride away), another FindLaw page provides links to these courts’ webpages. This page is the directory for the Superior Court (the trial court of general jurisdiction) of New Jersey in Newark, which is part of Essex County, NJ.