Calling All Applicants!

Want a leg up on other candidates? For assistance in filling out your application, listen to JIOP alum Sid Bahl’s tips for success and best practices when applying to JIOP. (05:32 min).

Ready to Apply?


Applications for the 2018 program are now being accepted from second-year law students.  First-year students can apply starting Friday, December 1.  This year’s program deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018.  See our program information for eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.  


JIOP Alumni Survey—We need your input

Your input is important to us. If you are a JIOP alum, please take a few minutes and share some important information with us by taking the 2017 JIOP Alumni Survey.  Your input is valuable to us!

Join the Editorial Team

Get published!  Become part of the JIOP Editorial Team.  It’s a great way to get articles published and become part of the JIOP team.

Get Involved and Volunteer

Sign up to become a program volunteer. JIOP volunteers assist with screening interviews, speak at program orientations and participate in local mentoring programs.

Check Out the New Young Litigator Website

There is a new web portal for young litigators: The site is designed to provide easy and relevant access to Section materials for more junior litigators, all in one place. Check it out, and pass it on.

Writing well is one of the most critical skills in the legal profession.

A judicial clerkship after first practicing as an attorney is a path not only worthy of consideration but worthy of becoming a “traditional” pursuit.

The expectations set for you will not be simply related to your work performance.

Child protection work is tough, frustrating, and not for most, but diligence can mean the difference between a child being reunited with family and a family ripped apart.


JIOP is successful because of our judges, sponsors, and program volunteers. There are many ways to get involved with JIOP, and we encourage you to find a way to GET INVOLVED WITH JIOP.

TOP 5 Ways to Get Involved with JIOP

1. Sign up to interview program applicants
2. Mentor a JIOP student
3. Ask your firm to become a program sponsor
4. Become an individual student sponsor
5. Join the JIOP committee by contacting Aaron Clay or become part of our editorial team by contacting Tracey Foglia


Become a JIOP Sponsor. Join our list of JIOP program sponsors and make a difference in diversity and inclusion in the profession. We invite firms, corporations and individuals to sponsor JIOP. Please contact program director, Gail Howard, for more information on becoming a JIOP sponsor. More information.


Join the JIOP interview team. JIOP applicants participate in a screening interview with a practicing attorney. This important step helps identify qualified students and gives every student a vital connection with a valued legal resource. In addition to screening interviews, JIOP volunteers assist with the mentoring circle program mentoring the summer interns, speak at orientations and welcome receptions and help coordinate other summer programming. Volunteers can sign up to be part of our screening interview team or join a mentoring circle team in their city.

JIOP Committee

The JIOP committee, led by Aaron Gleaton Clay, works on program support and member benefits. Joining the committee is a great place to get information for young lawyers, support diversity, get published, and pay it forward. The goal of the committee is to provide program and JIOP student support along with information and tools useful to our JIOP alumni and diverse, young lawyers navigating their careers.


On the Balance Beam of Life with Depression and Anxiety

By Anonymous
One attorney shares the struggles with mental illness and the benefits from therapy and self-care.

This Sound Advice provides tips on putting together a competitive and complete JIOP application. (05:32 min)

Law clerks shares her experience to perform well in an interview with a judge. (13:03 min)

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)


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 (2:06:16)

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