"Our students recognize that a semester interning with a judge is a unique opportunity to view the legal system through the eyes of the bench. Many of our judicial interns, having developed an interest in the judiciary, have gone on to clerk with federal and state courts, including me." -Andrew Miller '03 Clerk for Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In the Judicial Internship Program, students work directly for various federal and state judges. During the spring and fall semesters, students work for credit in courts located in Harris County or neighboring counties. During the summer, students may also choose to work outside of the Houston area. Student participants will no longer be permitted to enroll in a four-credit option during the abbreviated summer sessions. For these shorter sessions, students can choose to enroll in an ex/internship for either two or three credits. (Please note that this change does not affect the Summer I session -- i.e., the summer-long session: Students working at one placement for the entire summer will still have the three- or four-credit options.) Students receive non-substantive credit (graded P/F) for their field work.
Eligibility requirements and how to apply to the program can be found at the links below.
During the regular school year, the student's supervising attorney at the field placement is expected to submit two formal written evaluations, once at the midterm point in the internship/externship and again at the conclusion. These evaluations should detail the work the student has done and the supervisor's evaluation of the student's performance during the time period covered. Prof. Bonadero will send your supervisor an email containing a link to the brief online evaluation form.
(NOTE: During the summer sessions, supervisors are only asked to complete one evaluation -- at the end of the session.)