Judicial Internship Program

The Judicial Internship Program allows students to earn academic credit (typically between four and six credits) for working with judges in state or federal trial or appellate courts. The primary purpose of these placements is to translate academic legal education into practical adjudicative decision making, thus helping students understand how the courts work and how attorneys, judges and litigants succeed and fail in the process. By virtue of the variety of work in their placements, judicial interns also improve their skills in research, writing, observation and oral communication.

Permission of the supervising faculty member is required before a student may register for law school credit for a judicial internship. Permission may be obtained by (1) filling out an "Approval to Enroll in Internship or Externship" form, which is available online or at the Registrar's Office (Warren Hall room 202); (2) obtaining a signature on that form from the supervising faculty member, Professor Shaun Martin (Warren Hall room 109C); and (3) returning the completed approval form to the Registrar's Office (Warren Hall room 202). Completed approval forms may also be emailed by the student to Professor Shaun Martin (smartin@sandiego.edu) for his signature.

Permission for credit must be obtained prior to the begriming of the semester in which the student's internship is scheduled to take place, or during the normal period fo adding courses during the semester (check the Academic Calendar for the last day to enroll in classes).

Approved judicial internships entitle a student to enroll for one credit for every sixty (60) hours of work performed during the internship. This corresponds to approximately three and three-quarters hours each week during a sixteen-week semester. For example, a student who wishes to receive four credits for a judicial internship during a semester should expect to work in chambers a minimum of fifteen hours a week for sixteen weeks.

Students enrolled in a judicial internship for credit will be expected to record and submit their time on a weekly basis; submit periodic journal entries regarding their experiences during the internship; meet with the supervising faculty member; and submit a final written work product generated by the student during the internship. Additional details regarding course requirements will be provided after enrollment, and may also be obtained from the supervising faculty member.


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