If you would like to gain a practical understanding of the legal system while in Law School, a judicial externship will give you a front row seat.
As a student in this program, you’ll be placed with a federal, local, or state court judge. You’ll serve as that judge’s law clerk intern, often performing research and draft-writing duties. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe court proceedings.
You’ll receive two course credits graded S/F, upon satisfaction of externship requirements, which include:
- 120 hours of unpaid work
- Two individual meetings with the supervising professor
- Three short class meetings
Federal court externship
Students serve as law clerk interns in the chambers of one of the federal judges or magistrates in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis). These externships generally require a great deal of research and writing with a limited opportunity to observe court proceedings.
Students placed in federal court must undergo a background check. Please review the following documents for further information:
- Placement Protocol
- Character and Fitness Guidelines
- Background Check Release
- Eligibility Documents
- Computer Security
- Social Networking Policy
State Appellate or Supreme Court Externship
Here you’ll serve as a law clerk intern for one of the judges of the Indiana Court of Appeals. Externs work on draft opinions under the direction of the judge and judicial clerks.
Indiana Supreme Court Externship
You’ll serve as a law clerk intern for one of the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court. Externs may work on draft opinions or other projects assigned by the justices and their staffs. Students interested in externships with the Indiana Supreme Court must submit additional materials by the deadlines noted here.
STATE TRIAL Court Externship
You’ll serve as a law clerk intern for one of the judges of the Marion Superior Court or judges in neighboring counties These externships offer the greatest opportunity to observe court proceedings and usually include a great deal of interaction with the judge. Students are usually assigned to two judges (one in the criminal division and one in the civil division).
Other Judicial Externship programs
The Court Externship program at McKinney has also arranged externships with many other federal and state judges within and outside Indiana.
Before registering for a judicial externship, you must complete the law school's Judicial Externship/Internship Application. For more information, contact Professor Joel Schumm at email@example.com or 317-278-4733.