About This Class
The Judicial Externship Program is a field-based externship in which students apprentice (without pay) in judicial chambers. The Judicial Externship is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced judge and judicial law clerk. The Judicial Externship will provide 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 aspect of the program. For the practicum component, students are designated 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, full-time according to the court's schedule, and receive 11 experiential credits and 2 classroom credits. Experiential credits are awarded on a pass-fail basis and classroom credits are letter-graded. Eligibility: 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 JD Externship Program Application (a list of required materials is included in the application materials). Application Deadlines: 1. In order to participate in a Fall Judicial Externship, students must complete a JD Externship Program Application by February 1st. 2. In order to participate in a Spring Judicial Externship, students must complete a JD Externship Program Application by September 30th. Satisfies the experiential credit requirement.