Judicial Intern Opportunity Program


Learn while you’re on the go. Listen to the JIOP's past Sound Advice and Roundtable recordings on this archive page.

Sound Advice

Clerking for a Judge After Law School
By Kristopher Morton
Law clerk for the Honorable K. Nicole Mitchell in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas discusses the role of a law clerk, the benefits of clerkship, the skills and qualifications of a law clerk, preparing application materials, and preparing for an interview.

Tips for JIOP Applications
By Siddharth Bahl
This Sound Advice provides tips on putting together a competitive and complete JIOP application. (05:32 min)

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

Diverse Leaders Academy: An Overview Plus Tips to Complete Your Application
By Daiquiri Steele
Diverse Leaders Academy member Daiquiri Steele describes how the program can help your career and offers some tips for gaining acceptance into the program. (7:01 min)

Top 10 Tips for Succeeding in Your JIOP Interview
By Aaron Gleaton 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)

Tips from the Trenches
By Christina Liu
Being a young lawyer is a constant learning process. Christina Liu offers helpful tips from the trenches for developing your skills and career. (6:33 min.)

Law Firm Diversity - Part 1
By Joe Hanna
Discussions about diversity in law firms are far more common now than 25 years ago, but the numbers show that talk needs to become action. Listen as Joe Hanna breaks down the statistics. (10:13 min)

Law Firm Diversity - Part II
By Joe Hanna
Listen to part II of Joe Hanna's discussions about diversity in law firms. (9:14)

Making Meetings Matter
Many people feel that meetings are a necessary evil. Listen as Nan Joesten gives 10 tips to turn meetings into one of your litigation’s most important resources.

Writing for Judges
By The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal
Listen to District Court Judge of the Southern District of Texas and former practicing lawyer, Lee H. Rosenthal talk about the importance of using clear, concise, declarative language for lawyers when writing for judges, especially when writing a summary judgment motion. (8:16)

How to Develop Business and Have Fun Doing It!
Learn how the Honorable Barbara Lynn, U.S. District Court for the Northern District, Dallas, developed business during her 23 years as a trial lawyer, and had fun doing it. Judge Lynn offers special tips for women lawyers, but all can appreciate her smart, practical advice: take clients to events you enjoy yourself, and then: don’t be shy about actually asking for the business!

The Do's and Don'ts in Court
By The Honorable Barbara Lynn
A brief description of best practices in court from the judge's perspective. (9:07)


Judicial Internships from a Judge's Perspective
Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Judge William H. Orrick, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and Judge Zuberi B. Williams, District Court of Maryland, District 6, Montgomery County, Maryland, share their views on how to make the most of a judicial internship. 

Navigating Your Path for Future Career Success with Advice from JIOP Alums
Presented by the Section of Litigation's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). JIOP alumni discuss how interning for a judge as a law student shaped their legal careers through law school, preparing for the bar, networking, and current employment. Get useful tips, strategies, and anecdotes from JIOP alum Christoper Lopez-Loftis (Government Sector), Natassia Kwan (Private Practice), and Ariana Dindiyal (Law Clerk for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky) moderated by JIOP alum Tracey Foglia, Senior Attorney from the Florida Professional Law Group.