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2020 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity (SJID) Project Application

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The Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization is pleased to announce the eighth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project ("Project") for Summer 2020.  

The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community.  Operating nationally since 2011, the JTB Project has placed nearly 490 law students in successful internships to date.  Over 100 judges have participated in our efforts and look to the JTB Project for summer internship candidates.    

The JTB Project is national in scope and will place law students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers.  
Applicants who are hired must commit to participating in two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of their internship, either in-person or via videoconference. Additionally, applicants must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern or to find outside funding sources, and must commit to working in chambers for a minimum of six weeks. At present, this is an unpaid internship. Applicants are encouraged to seek law school or non-profit funding. 

The program requirements are detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding here. 

DEADLINE is Friday, January 3, 2020 at 5:00pm EST. Early submission is highly encouraged. 
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Application Materials
Please carefully review the instructions for submission and upload your completed and correctly titled application materials here.
All 6 documents below are required for a complete application. However, if you do not have access to the official copy of your transcript at this time, please submit this application form without the transcript and email a copy of it to sjidproject@jtb.org as soon as you receive your most up to date and official transcript.

Please name your PDF documents as follows:
Lastname_Firstname_Summer2020 JRC-Cover Letter.pdf
Lastname_Firstname_Summer2020 JRC-Resume.pdf
Lastname_Firstname_Summer2020 JRC-Writing Sample.pdf
Lastname_Firstname_Summer2020 JRC-Transcript.pdf
Lastname_Firstname_Summer2020 JRC-References.pdf
Lastname_Firstname_Summer2020 JRC-Signed Memorandum.pdf

ATTN: Cristina Figueroa
70 W. Madison St., Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60602

***If you save your changes but plan to submit the application at a later date, note that we will only consider applications that are complete and have been submitted before the deadline of January 3rd, 2020.