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1L Judicial Internships

Many judges are pleased to accept applications from 1Ls for summer internships. As an intern, a student works in chambers with the judge’s law clerks (usually as a volunteer, although summer funding may available). Typically, a student will research cases that are before the judge, attend court proceedings, and occasionally draft memoranda, orders, or opinions for the judge.

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Internship Programs and Fellowships

Information for the summer of 2022 will be posted as it becomes available.

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession, students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT.  Participating judges are in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas and Phoenix, AZ, Washington, DC, Miami, FL, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ) and Seattle, WA. Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. The application deadline is January 10, 2021. However, applying as early as possible after December 1 is advisable as they fill the internships on a rolling basis.

Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program which seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession, offers judicial internship opportunities in the New York City area. The application deadline is December 29, 2020.

Just the Beginning Foundation and Judicial Resources Committee Joint Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project  offers judicial internship opportunities to minority, underrepresented and economically disadvantage law students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through 5:00 pm EST, January 10, 2021.  Early applications are highly encouraged.

DE Superior Court, DE Superior Court Complex Commercial Litigation Division and DE Bankruptcy Court Summer Diversity Summer Judicial Internship, geared toward students of color, women, students with disabilities, or LGBTQ+ students, provides a $6,000 stipend for a 7 week internship (June 7 to July 30, 2021).  Application deadline is April 5, 2021.

Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles places Latino/a law students with ties to LA in summer internships with judges in LA and Riverside.  The deadline to apply is December 18, 2020 5 pm.

California Court of Appeal Summer Externship Program located in LA, accepts applications for a summer judicial internship program with the 32 judges of the court. Applications accepted from December 1, 2020 to February 15, 2021.

Los Angeles Superior Court Summer Extern Program places externs in with trial judges in civil, criminal, family law and probate courtrooms. Positions are filled on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted to extern@lacourt.org . Please apply by January 15, 2021 not the deadline on the website.

ABA Business Law Section Diversity Program places diverse students in business court clerkships.  Recent placements were in Chicago, IL, Grand Rapids, MI, Las Vegas, NV, Pittsburgh, PA, New York, NY, Wilmington, DE and Upper Marlboro, MD. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2021.

The Dr. M.L. “Hank” Henry, Jr. Fund for Judicial Fellowships provide $4,500 stipends to law students for summer judicial internships in New York City under the auspices of the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York (“LeGaL Foundaion”). The deadline to apply is

Latino Judges Association Internship Program (New York).  The deadline to apply is 

New York Superior Court, Commercial Division places judicial interns in the Commercial Division (a trial court) in New York City.  The court hears complex commercial cases.  Apply to the judges directly.

Judicial Council of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC Summer Judicial Internship Program places students in DC courts, Federal courts and administrative law courts.  The deadline to apply is 

Bourne Legacy Program, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association  in Maryland places minority, under-represented and economically disadvantaged students in judicial chambers.

Texas First Court of Appeal Summer Internship

Orange County Superior Court