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2015 Summer Judicial Internship: JRC-JTB

2015 Summer Judicial Internship: JRC-JTB

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the fifth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  Operating nationally since 2011, the JRC-JTB Project has placed nearly 300 law students in successful internships to date.  Over 100 judges are expected to participate in our efforts and look to the JRC-JTB Project for summer internship candidates.  Fifteen JRC-JTB intern alumni have secured post-graduate judicial clerkships.  The JRC-JTB Project is proud to work in partnership with the American Bar Association's Judicial Internship Opportunity Program to prepare students for judicial internships and place students in chambers.  Please read further to find out how you can participate in this exciting program and follow the link above to learn more about the ABA's JIOP Program! 

The Project is national in scope and will place about 100 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country.  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 judge's chambers.

There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone.  Applicants who move beyond 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 participating in two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of their 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. 

All of the program requirements are attached in a Memorandum of Understanding.

The online application requires applicants to submit the following materials as one PDF document in the following order:

(1) cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in diversity and participating in the Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project;

(2) resume;

(3) a law school transcript, official or unofficial (if first semester law school grades are unavailable or incomplete, please send an undergraduate transcript and supplement with law school grades as they become available);

(4) writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length);

(5) list of three references; and

(6) signed Memorandum of Understanding, available above.

*Please name your PDF document as follows:

Firstname_Lastname_Summer2015 JRC-JTB Application *

At present, this is an unpaid internship, so applicants are encouraged to seek law school or non-profit funding.  Also, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which has been a source of funding for Project interns.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis.  Please submit your materials as soon as possible. Paper applications will not be accepted.  Access the online form here.  Apply today!

Please address your cover letter to:

Preston Smith
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

If you have any questions, you may contact JRC-JTB Program Director, Laura Ramsey, at (312) 258-4868 or lramsey@jtb.org.