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Be the new face of the judiciary with a JIOP internship


Whatcha got planned for Summer 2018, 1Ls and 2Ls? How about hanging with a judge?

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its summer 2018 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) on Nov. 6 for second-year law students. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted Dec. 1, in accordance with NALP guidelines.  The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students. Applications must be submitted by the Jan. 8, 2018 deadline.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession.  The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, internships are available in Phoenix, Washington, DC; Miami, New York, Philadelphia (including Camden, NJ) and Seattle.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas and Washington, DC.  Students can indicate their interest on their application.  These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Detailed program information, frequently asked questions and a copy of the application are available at our website:

Questions about the program can be directed to the Program Director, Gail Howard, at gail.howard@americanbar…. or 312-988-6348.

ABA Section of Litigation The Section of Litigation provides litigators of all practice areas the resources needed to become successful and experienced advocates. The Section is dedicated to offering its members numerous opportunities for business networking and career advancement, and a large portfolio of professional and business development products, including books, periodicals, CLEs, and webinars.