Judicial internships and externships can be listed in one of two ways: (1) naming the court as the employer and mentioning the judge in the job title; or (2) naming the judge as the employer. Your decision about listing the court or the judge first will depend on the court, the name recognition of the judge and the types of employment you are considering. Please note that, in general, an “intern” works with a judge or in a court during the summer, while an “extern” is that same position during the school year and is usually for academic credit. “Law Clerk” applies only to full-time work with a judge or court after graduation.

Example 1

THE HONORABLE NANCY TORRESEN, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MAINE, Bangor, ME
Judicial Intern, Summer 2015

  • Drafted orders, directions to parties, summary judgment notices, and decisions
  • Performed extensive legal research on complex substantive and procedural matters
  • Analyzed and summarized evidence gathered during the investigative process
  • Participated in mediation and settlement conferences

Example 2

Massachusetts Superior Court, New Bedford, MA
Judicial Intern, June 2015 to August 2015

  • Researched and wrote memoranda in preparation for criminal trials and motion hearings.
  • Drafted decisions on a variety of motions argued in the criminal sessions.

Example 3 (federal externship)

THE HONORABLE JUAN TORRUELLA, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT, Boston, MA
Judicial Extern – Fall 2015
Wrote bench memoranda, reviewed staff attorney memoranda, and drafted opinions.