JIOP Application Deadline Passed

The deadline to apply to the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) was January 10, 2021. Students may still apply to the program; however, students applying after the deadline will be contacted only if applicants are needed in specific locations. Applications are only accepted electronically using this link. The mission of JIOP is to provide judicial internships to first- and second-year law students who are members of racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also offers opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify as LGBT.

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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.


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