About This Class
The Judicial Externship Program offers a field-based experiential opportunity in which student’s apprentice (without compensation) in judicial chambers. The Judicial Externship is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced judge and judicial clerk. The Judicial Externship provides students the opportunity to learn about the process of judicial decision-making by observing the function of a particular court while thinking about the management and administration of the court system. The Judicial Externship provides students the opportunity to develop writing, research and analytical skills.
Components and Requirements of the Judicial Externship: There are two different components to the Judicial Externship: a practicum component and a classroom component. Students are provided supervision in each component of the course. For the practicum component, students are assigned an on-site judicial supervisor. For the classroom component, each student is assigned a faculty supervisor from Vermont Law School. All students are required to participate in a one-day orientation prior to the first day of work on-site.
Credits and Grading: Students enrolled in the judicial externship program work for 15 weeks, 40 hours each week and receive 11 experiential credits and 2 classroom credits. Experiential credits are awarded on a pass/fail basis and classroom credits are letter-graded.
1. Students who are in their 4th, 5th and 6th semester who have a GPA of 2.4 or higher are eligible to participate.
2. Timely submission of a request to enroll form and submission of required materials. (a list of required materials is included on the request to enroll form).
1. In order to participate in a Fall Judicial Externship, students must complete the request to enroll by February 1st.
2. In order to participate in a Spring Judicial Externship, students must complete the request to enroll by September 30th.
Satisfies the skills requirement.