Now that you are familiar with the judicial externship process, how can you put your best foot forward in the application process? Whether you apply directly to a judge’s chambers or through a program such asthe Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) or Just The Beginning — A Pipeline Organization (JTB-APO)’s Summer Judicial Internship Diversity (SJID) Project, you will most likely send a cover letter and interview with the law clerks or judge (or both). Here I share some tips on creating a stellar cover letter and excelling in your interviews. [Read more…] about Guide to Securing a Judicial Externship – Part Two: What is the Interview Process Like and How Can I Stand Out?
A judicial externship is an incredibly valuable way to spend your 1L summer. So now that you want to extern for a judge, how do you go about getting one?
Before starting law school, I didn’t know what a judicial externship was. I can attribute my decision to apply to my professor and legal writing fellow, who were very passionate about working for a judge and constantly encouraged students to consider a judicial externship or clerkship. It was truly an amazing experience that I would recommend for any law student, no matter what kind of law you might want to pursue. Here are four reasons why externing for a judge would be an ideal way to spend your 1L summer:
As you go into your first year of law school, you will likely be getting advice left and right from upperclassmen, academic and peer mentors, and professors. You may find the advice helpful, but also overwhelming. At the risk of adding more advice to your plate, I’m here to share some things I wish I were told that would’ve helped make my first year go by a little more smoothly and with less stress.
Starting law school is an exciting milestone in your life, and you should take a moment to celebrate all your achievements thus far. You may have already gotten a wide range of advice on how to spend the summer before law school, from relaxing as much as possible to doing some prep work so you don’t go into the year completely on summer mode. Looking back on my summer before 1L year, I think finding a balance between these goals is key. [Read more…] about How to Have a Productive and Restful Summer Before 1L Year
No matter where you are in your law school journey – whether you are an incoming, current, or former law student – podcasts are a simple and effective way to stay up-to-date on current legal trends and the news. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of legal podcasts out there, here are some suggestions to get started.