During the summer, students receive 3 credits (graded pass/fail) for an internship with an approved court. Summer judicial interns work with instructors online; the classroom course is not offered. Students who enroll in the summer program are required to attend an orientation session late in the spring semester and to submit short essays and other assignments during their internships. This program is available to students who have completed the first two semesters of law school and is quite popular with students who have just completed their first year.
Students must register for the program and pay tuition. Because the program is offered for 3 credits only, students who will not register for other law school summer courses should check with the Financial Aid Office about the availability of financial aid.
A student must work at least 180 hours in the internship placement. Students may begin internships in May after completing final exams; internship hours must be completed by the end of the summer session. Students are encouraged to intern during the first half of the summer when courts are generally more active.
A student who wishes to enroll in the Judicial Internship Program must first apply for and obtain an internship with a judge who agrees to participate in the program. In the summer, students may receive credit for interning with the participating courts in Austin or state appellate courts and federal courts outside of Austin, subject to the instructor's approval. In recent summers, students have interned with judges across the country. Students may not receive academic credit for interning with a state trial court.
For more information, see the Judicial Internship Program Summer 2011 course description.