Programs

 

SUMMER JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP DIVERSITY PROJECT FOR LAW STUDENTS

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The application is now closed. Please check back later this year for more information! 

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization (JRC-JTB) are pleased to announce the sixth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2017 (Project).  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for law students from communities underrepresented in the legal profession.  Operating nationally since 2011, the JRC-JTB Project has placed nearly 300 law students in successful internships to date.  Over 100 judges have participated 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 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.  All of the application and project participation requirements are found on the application page.  Please also note that a Memorandum of Understanding must also be included in the application.

Applicants who are hired must commit to participating in two mandatory training workshops (February 2017 and April 2017) 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. 

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 qualifying Project interns.

The application deadline is January 13, 2017 at 5:00pm Eastern and all applications must be submitted online.  No paper applications will be accepted.  Early applications are appreciated and strongly encouraged!

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL-YEAR PROGRAMS 

JTB-APO supplements our intensive summer programs with customized school-year career day workshops, mock-trials, networking events, and mentorship opportunities for our middle school and high school students. Contact us today to discuss having JTB-APO visit your school!

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER LEGAL INSTITUTE  

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Our Key Program – The Summer Legal Institute Program The Summer Legal Institute or “SLI” is JTB’s cornerstone youth program. The SLI is a one-week legal immersion program for high school students in Baltimore (MD), Chicago (IL), Detroit (MI), Indianapolis (IN), Twin Cities (MN), New Orleans (LA), Springfield (MA) and Washington D.C. The goal of the SLI is to enhance skill sets that are essential for students to progress successfully through high school, college and law school. Scholars experience interactive sessions that will develop skills such as reading, writing, critical thinking, professional etiquette, financial literacy and public speaking. Through a unique curriculum designed to enhance these skill sets, the SLI program inspires diverse students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in the legal profession. The key to every Summer Legal Institute is the unique learning experience created by attorney volunteers from corporations and law firms that actively collaborate and work with the students. Through skills-based volunteerism, that allows attorneys to share their experiences and talents, students are given a unique view of the legal profession that is personal and insightful, while law firms and corporations are given a unique opportunity to come together and empower the next generation of promising scholars. Sponsorship funds are used to ensure that the JTB pipeline programs remain 100% free for young student scholars accepted into the program.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL LAW CAMP (Chicago-only)

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Rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders experience the SLI.

 

 

SHARE THE WEALTH CLERKSHIP PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS (federal magistrate clerkship application period closed on August 26, 2016 (5:00pm ET)

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Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization’s Share the Wealth clerkship program is a special opportunity to be considered for six federal magistrate judge clerkships in one interview.   The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee in the Eastern District of Virginia and several of his colleagues feel that it is important to encourage more students of diverse backgrounds to compete for federal judicial clerkships.  Judge Ivan Davis (E.D. Va.), along with five of his colleagues, will be conducting a regional round of interviews in connection with Just the Beginning–A Pipeline Organization’s Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program this fall in Alexandria, Virginia. Fourteen students will be selected to interview in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, September 24, 2016; you may not attend unless you are specifically invited to do so.   The selected students will be notified of the exact location of the interview and their time slot. More information about the program may be found by clicking here.

The application deadline for 2016 Share The Wealth Federal Magistrate Program is August 26, 2016 (5:00pm ET).*

*All 14 students selected to interview on Saturday, August 13, 2016 for the previously posted District Court Clerkships have already been contacted. Please do not call chambers.  Those who applied to the district court clerkship program, but were not contacted, are strongly encouraged to apply for the magistrate judge program.

 

JUMPSTART PROGRAM FOR FIRST YEAR LAW STUDENTS

Jumpstart is a collaboration between JTB-APO, Chicago Consortium of Diversity Professionals, Chicago Committee on Minorities in Law Law Firms, Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc. and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity. The three-day law school “preview” will help prepare first-year law students for their first year of law school. The program will: (1) provide a general overview of what to expect in law school, including a discussion of the structure of law school and legal philosophy and the purpose of the Socratic Method; (2) engage in a comprehensive discussion of the key components of law school that are crucial to academic success, including class preparation, note-taking, time and stress management, exam writing and (3) host a federal court day and introduction to networking reception.  The 2016 Jumpstart Program application period is now closed.