2019 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Law Students

Applications for our 2019 SJID Project are now open! Please click here to apply!

Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm EST on January 11, 2019. Paper applications will not be accepted and we encourage students to apply early.

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are pleased to announce the eighth 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. 

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 video-conference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks. 

For more information on the intern’s expectations, please review the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.

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