New England Law’s Judicial Internship programs in Boston provide students with a firsthand understanding of courtroom procedures and judges’ expectations of attorneys. By working closely with judges and observing how questions are framed and arguments are made, students acquire the knowledge and confidence needed to become effective and persuasive litigators.
Two Distinct Judicial Internship Programs
- The Honors Judicial Internship Program gives students the opportunity to work as part-time interns and receive academic credit for their work.
- The Summer Legal Judicial Internship Program provides full-time, summer internships to a select group of students who receive stipends from the law school.
In both legal internship programs, students work closely with judges, assisting with research and writing, and observing and discussing courtroom proceedings. Law students find judicial internship programs particularly valuable due to the opportunity to observe the practical application of legal principles that are learned in class.
Placements That Suit Your Career Interests
Judicial internships can be arranged in many different types of courts to suit your area of interest. For example, students who choose to work in the Superior Court and District Court may see many criminal cases involving search and seizure, drug distribution, and gun possession. Students who intern in the Probate and Family Court may see cases related to the family, custody, and child abuse.
Clerkships as Preparation for the Future
Judicial internships help build a wide range of skills, contacts, and knowledge that can help you get future jobs. Students who want a postgraduate clerkship will have valuable experience from already having completed a clerkship in law school. Recent New England Law graduates have worked as judicial clerks at various levels, including US District Court, numerous state supreme courts, appeals courts, superior courts, municipal courts, and specialized courts, such as the Land Use Court and Juvenile Court.
Our Judicial Internship programs provide a solid background for all forms of legal practice. They will help you to understand how judges and opposing lawyers approach issues, and to develop the network of contacts necessary to a productive practice. Judges who mentor students during law school often remain mentors for life.