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Judicial Internship

Student Experience

“After my 1L year, I did a summer internship with Judge John Leventhal, a state appellate court judge in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Judge Leventhal had previously been a teacher, so he was great about giving feedback and making sure his interns were learning every day.  I found the experience interesting because after a year of reading cases, I was finally able to see the law applied in briefs and oral arguments, and was able to watch first-hand how judges come to their decisions.  During my internship, I worked on drafting an opinion for the judge.  This project was rewarding because it allowed me to track my progress through the summer - I started with a subject area that I knew very little about, and after some research, reading, feedback, and help from the judge, I had produced a publishable judicial opinion.”
—Lisa Hart, ’11

“As an intern for the 1st Texas Court of Appeals, I got the hands-on experience that was a perfect complement to a first year education - and I'd call those six weeks as important as the year that preceded it!  I highly recommended a judicial internship. One's writing and research abilities improve dramatically.  An intern learns what a judge looks for in deciding a case, and develops a more complex and subtle understanding of and approach to the law.  It's also a great opportunity to learn about the areas of the law, whether criminal or civil, that interest a student the most.  It is an experience not to be missed!”
—Michael Goldman, ’11