Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Opportunities

Two Summer Judicial Diversity Opportunites!  (Students should apply to both as they work together to place and fund students!)

1.  Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Summer 2018 Internship

JIOP offers a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students. The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, women, veterans, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts.

Interns will receive an award of $2,000. Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas and Washington, DC. Students can indicate their interest on their application. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Application Deadline: January 8, 2018 
For Information regarding eligibility, please see the following:

2.  Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are pleased to announce the seventh annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project (“Project”). The Project’s goal is to provide underrepresented law students summer judicial internships in the chambers of federal and state appellate judges, federal district judges, and federal bankruptcy and magistrate judges. The Project is national in scope and seeks to place approximately 100 law students as judicial interns across the country. Since 2015, we have placed over 400 applicants in internships across 36 states.

Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a court. An initial screening will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview, which will be conducted either in-person or by telephone. Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision. Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks.

For more information on how to apply, see the Symplicity Posting for job #16091, available here:

By Andrea Montague
Andrea Montague Career / Student Development Consultant Andrea Montague