Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program


The American Bar Association Section of Litigation began accepting applications for its summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 7th for second-year law students. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students. 

To apply for the program, read the full program description or download the PDF.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is needed to complete the application process?

A. To apply students must submit their application along with a resume, grades (second-year students), writing sample and a statement of interest.  First-year students should add their grades to their materials as soon as they are available.  If students are also interested in being considered for one of the specialized intellectual property internships, they need to include an additional page outlining their interests and qualifications.  All materials should be submitted no later than January 6, 2017.

Please read all frequently asked questions before applying.


Diversity Eligibility


The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, women and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Find out if you're eligible to apply!


Code of Conduct


Upon acceptance of the judicial internship, all interns are to abide by the program's official Code of Conduct.



Alumni Testimonials


See what JIOP alumns have to say about their experience in the Alumni Testimonials or read the testimonial flyer.


Leverage Your Interviewing Skills (Webinar)


Presented by the Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning—A Pipeline Organization Joint Judicial Internship Diversity Project (JRC-JTB Project), with host firm Holland & Knight

The goal of the webinar was to prepare future judicial interns for a successful interview experience with a judge. The program featured the Hon. Ann Claire Williams and the Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee along with a panel of judicial clerks and former interns. (2:06:16)

Watch it here.


Top 10 Tips for Succeeding in Your JIOP Interview (Sound Advice)

By Aaron Clay

National Alumni Chair Aaron Clay outlines some best practices for potential JIOP interns before interviewing with judges to be admitted into the program. (8:23 min) Listen now.


Tips for Acing Your Interview

By Erika Glenn and Cindy Tsai

Everything you need to know to conquer the stress-inducing rite of passage: the dreaded interview! Read More.


JIOP Specialty Courts: Sneak Peeks and Tips for Success from Insiders and Alumni

By Rachel A. Smoot, Tiffany A. Johnson, Neal D. Gidvani, Judith C. Aarons, and Carly A. Boyd

What to expect as an intern in intellectual property, bankruptcy, criminal, domestic relations, and juvenile courts. Read more.

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