November 22, 2013
Spring 2014 Externships
March 28, 2014
Summer 2014 Externships
Autumn 2014 Externships
Each semester, the college places approximately 30 students as judicial externs to work in judges’ chambers. Judges participating in the program include United States Circuit, District, Bankruptcy, and Magistrate Judges; Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court; and Franklin County Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court Judges.
Judicial externships provide excellent educational opportunities, including observation of the workings of courts from the inside, interaction with distinguished judges, and engagement in supervised research and writing.
Judicial externs attend monthly classes at the college, in which they discuss a wide range of topics, including the experiences of their classmates in the program and ethical issues specific to the judiciary.
The program runs the full 14 weeks of the Autumn and Spring Semesters and 7 weeks of the Summer Semester. Students receive 3 credits in Autumn and Spring and 2 credits in Summer. The class is graded on a “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” basis.
The course requirements include eight hours of work each week (plus possible additional work as required by the judge), attendance at the monthly classes, weekly journal entries, a short paper about what the student learned during the externship, a sample of work done for the court, and an evaluation of the student’s work by the judge or supervisor.
Selection is on a competitive but broad basis. Demonstrated writing ability and commitment and capacity to represent the college well are important criteria. Law school grades will be neither irrelevant nor controlling. Under faculty policy, third-year students are given preference in the selection process. Also, a few of the judges are only willing to take third-year students.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Students interested in Spring (Winter) 2014 externships must submit an application, a resume, and a 5-page writing sample to April Davis by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013. Submissions may be made by email or by delivering a hard copy to her office in Room 104. The deadline for applications for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 externships is March 28, 2014. An informational meeting will be held prior to the March deadline.
Selected students will be notified shortly after the close of the application period. Students with questions about the Judicial Externship Program may visit April Davis in Room 104 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Bar Association Extern Scholarship Program
The Federal Bar Association Columbus Chapter Extern Scholarship Program seeks to provide financial support to students of the Moritz College of Law and Capital University Law School and to provide them with the unique opportunity to serve as a judicial extern for the Judges and Magistrate Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Columbus). The Program has two separate elements. FBA Extern Scholars will (1) receive a $5,000 scholarship; and (2) be provided an opportunity to extern for law school credit with the Court for 14 weeks during either the Autumn or Spring Semesters. The FBA Extern Scholars will serve in one or more of the chambers chosen by the court. The goal of the scholarships is to enhance diversity among the externs at the U.S. District Court.
Applications are available here and are due to April Davis by Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. Students interested in the FBA Extern Scholarship must complete both the Student Application for Externship Programs and the FBA Extern Scholarship Program Application. Scholarship recipients must enroll in the Judicial Externship class.