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 Ms. Selena Fitanides in the fall and Dean Chris Marx and Professor Sean Kealy in the spring.
Credits and Hours
Students receive variable credits (pass/fail) for the fieldwork component of the externship, determined as follows:
- 4 credits = 200 hours total (16 hrs/wk)
- 5 credits = 250 hours total (20 hrs/wk)
- 6 credits = 300 hours total (24 hrs/wk)
- 7 credits = 350 hours total (28 hrs/wk)
- 8 credits = 400 hours total (32 hrs/wk)
- 9 credits = 450 hours total (36 hrs/wk)
Most students select the 5-credit option. Some judicial placements require a 20 hrs/wk minimum. The fieldwork begins the first week of classes and students work through the last week of classes. Students may not receive credit for fieldwork occurring before the semester begins.
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 are accepted during the following time periods:
- Fall '14 participation - applications are due by Wednesday, March 19
- Spring '15 participation - the application period will be in fall 2014
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.