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Judicial Externship or Judicial Clerkship?


1. JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP The post-JD job with the judge is a Judicial Clerkship. You apply for federal and most state trial court clerkships in your third year, and for some state appellate clerkships in spring of second year. There is virtually unanimous agreement among lawyers who have had clerkships that their clerkships were the best jobs of their careers.

2. JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP The while-you're-in-school gig with a judge is, in U of MN vocabulary, a Judicial Externship. You may do an externship for free (arrange it yourself) or for either two or three credits in the summer or during the school year.

While virtually everyone loves an externship, the students who do them in the summer, when they can spend either two or three whole days each week in chambers, love them even more -- because they can feel as if they are part of the chamber, instead of dropping by between classes.

Prof. Chomsky arranges externships in the Metro Area for students who register for summer school (and during the school year). If you want to extern for credit outside of the Metro, or if you have a "Family Friend or Mentor Judge" who will agree to host you, see Prof. Chomsky's so that you can get the paperwork describing the judge's responsibilities. You will want to make sure that the judge has the document before making the decision to accept you.

Click here for more information on judicial externships.