Academic Programs

Judicial Externship Program

The Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a one semester program where students work with a judge. Placements include both trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level.

Students can expect to handle complex research and writing assignments, and will participate in and observe the daily workings of the court.

The JEP is taught by Professor Sean Kealy and Ms. Adrienne Smith in the fall, and Ms. Selena Fitanides in the spring.

In addition to their fieldwork, students receive 2 graded credits for a seminar exploring related topics. For specific course information: fieldwork; seminar.

Applying to the Judicial Externship Program

Unlike the other externship programs, acceptance to the Judicial Externship Program is competitive. The fall semester is open only to 3Ls. The spring semester is open to 2Ls (3.4 minimum gpa) and 3Ls (3.3 minimum gpa).


Applications for the spring 2016 semester are now being accepted, and will be due by Friday, October 2.

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis during the application time frame. We encourage students to submit their applications as soon as they can during the application period.

Because this is a coordinated program, students may not contact judges on their own.

For more information, please contact Adrienne Smith at