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This program is supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.


Law School Programs

Law School Programs

For law students in the pipeline towards a legal profession, Just The Beginning offers resources and opportunities to assist students by exposing them to various legal opportunies (externships), helping to build resumes and assisting them in making the way through the job market and to the job that best suits them.

To apply for any of these programs, please submit the required materials or for further information contact the Program Director, Laura Ramsey at lramsey@jtb.org.  If you are judge and would like to request a student from the program to work as an extern in your chambers, please complete the Judicial Request For Referral Form.

Just The Beginning Foundation's objective in this program is to promote diversity among judicial externs.  JTBF will compile law students' information and submit this information to judges for their review.  Judges will provide the externs with assignments that will enhance their legal research, writing and analytical skills.  Students will have the opportunity to draft memoranda of law and to brief Judges on case-related issues. 

Program Information

Program Type

      Program Description

 Who Should Apply
Materials Needed Deadline
Externship JTBF matches law students with federal and state judges across the country.  The program encourages judges to provide law students with assignments that will enhance their legal research, writing and analytical skills, such as developing effective outlining techniques, drafting of memoranda of law, and briefing of judges about case-related issues.  Students work with their judge for a minimum of ten hours per week for one semester for school year externships and a minimum of 35 hours per week for eight weeks for summer externships.  Click here for the full program description.  If you are a 1L or 2L student looking for a summer internship, please apply to the JRC-JTB internship program in addition to this externship. Students seeking an externship for their 1L summer or 2L or 3L years

(1) Statement of Interest;

(2) Resume;

(3) Law School Transcript (official or unofficial); and

(4) 2 References (optional, but recommended)

Spring Externships

December 20, 2014

Summer Externships

January 31, 2015


Share the Wealth Clerkship Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, E.D. Va. (Alexandria); Judge Raymond Jackson, E.D. Va. (Norfolk); Judge James Spencer, E.D. Va. (Richmond); Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts, D.C., Judge Margaret Seymour D.S.C. (Columbia), Judge Tanya Walton Pratt N.D. Ind.(Indianapolis) and Judge Benita Pearson (N.D. Ohio) select students to participate in a special round of interviewing for full-time clerkship positions.

Rising 3rd year law students as well as law school graduates

(1) Cover Letter;

(2) Resume;

(3) 3 Letters of Recommendation;

(4) Law School Transcript; and

(5) 10-15 page writing sample

August 18, 2015


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