Judicial Internship Course

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
TUE 3:30 - 5:00 pm CCJ 3.306

Evaluation Method

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The judicial internship program provides a unique opportunity for students to work in approved judicial settings for academic credit. Judicial interns work directly with the courts and have the chance to study judicial decision making, advocacy skills, and the courts as legal institutions. Interns perform intensive work that challenges them to synthesize their legal knowledge and their analytical, research and writing skills. Program Components: This program lasts for one semester and has two components focused on the judicial process: a one-credit classroom course and a concurrent internship for three or four credits (both graded pass/fail). This program is open to students who have completed the first two semesters of law school. Interns who receive academic credit may not be compensated. Students may enroll in a judicial internship for academic credit only once during law school. The classroom component addresses a variety of topics relevant to the judicial process such as judicial writing, the organization and operation of the courts, ethics, statutory interpretation, lawyering skills, specialized courts, etc. Course requirements include reading assignments, class discussion, presentations, court observations, and related short writing assignments. With respect to the internship component, students must work in the internship placement for 180 hours for the three-credit option or 240 hours for the four- credit option. Each intern arranges a mutually convenient work schedule with his or her sponsoring judge. Interns are expected to maintain contact with the instructor and submit brief reflective writing assignments, timesheets, and evaluations. Application Requirements: An application is required and is available in the Student Affairs Office. A student may not register for the course or internship until the instructor has reviewed and approved the application. Before submitting an application to the instructor, a student must first apply for and obtain a judicial internship with an approved court in Austin. The student must be assigned to an individual judge on the approved court who agrees to participate in the Texas Law program. Approved courts include the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Third Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court (including the active and senior district court judges and the magistrate judges), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Travis County Probate Court.