From the Section Director: Opportunities for Law Students

Erin Ruehrwein
Section Director

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP), offered by the ABA’s Section of Litigation, is a summer internship program open to all first - or second - year diverse law students.  JIOP students intern for a minimum of six weeks during the summer with a participating state or federal judge.  The program offers a $2,000 award to each student and students can also elect law school credit or coordinate their award with their work-study financial aid. Applications open for all students on November 4, 2020 and close on January 10, 2021.  Last year, internships were granted to 135 law students representing 63 different law schools in locations throughout the country. 

Alaska Bar Association Scholarship Program
The Alaska Bar Association offers a scholarship program for Alaskans in law school.  As the only state without a law school, applicants come from law schools all over the country.  This scholarship is aimed at Alaska students who demonstrate ties to Alaska, and the intent to return to Alaska after graduation.  Applications can be found on the Alaska Bar Association website and are due March 1, 2021.  

To view the flyer, click here.

2021 ABA Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP)
Planning is underway for the 2021 ABA Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP).  The 2021 program will be held virtually February 18-20, 2021 in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting.  Please visit the 2021 ABA Judicial Clerkship Program page to download the 2021 program brochure and participation form.

Since its inception in 2001, over one-thousand law students have participated in the JCP – a joint initiative by the ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline (formerly the Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline) and the ABA Judicial Division.  The JCP’s mission is to increase the number of diverse judicial clerks in the justice system.  The JCP consists of a three-day mock clerkship centered around a current legal issue before the United States Supreme Court.  Law students, working with and mentored by judges, discuss, research, and ultimately prepare an outline of the legal opinion. The three-day experience includes the Spirit of Excellence Awards, presented by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

We invite your law school to consider participating in the JCP.  Please feel free to contact Selina Thomas at for additional information.