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Summer 2007 Judicial Internships: How to Get Them?
« on: December 23, 2006, 01:26:49 PM »
I am a 1L, and was focusing hard on studying through mid-December so I didn't dump a million resumes on judges Dec. 1. The past couple weeks I've sent out about a dozen, based on recommendations from a litigator friend.

But now my school's career office is closed and I have nobody to consult about this process, and I'm looking at all these huge lists of judges with nothing to differentiate them. Is it appropriate/normal to send out like 50-100 letters and resumes? Or would that be really bad? Does anyone have any idea about the ratio of callbacks I might expect?

Any other comments on this process are appreciated... thanks...

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Re: Summer 2007 Judicial Internships: How to Get Them?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2006, 08:39:27 PM »
I don't even have a list of judges yet. Where did you get one?

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Re: Summer 2007 Judicial Internships: How to Get Them?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2006, 09:53:54 PM »
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Re: Summer 2007 Judicial Internships: How to Get Them?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2006, 06:06:15 PM »
I sent out 6 cover letters and reusmes to the federal district judges in my hometown (Dallas) and got 6 responses for interviews.  I sent them out shortly after Dec. 1, so you might not have as good of luck, but definitely worth a shot.  IMO, the hometown will be your most fertile ground for itnerview, espif you go to law school in an area where there are a lot of law schools (e.g. Boston).

There are two real questions you need to answer.  1) Do you want to do a trial court or an appellate court? and 2) Where do you want to work?

Your interests will dictate the answer to the first question i.e. if you want to do litigation, a trial court is probably better, if your interest are more academic, or if you want more of an intellectual challenge/having to answer hard questions of law, an appellate court will be better.

Send cover letters to all federal district court judges in 1) your hometown, 2) the city/surrounding area in which you go to school (i.e. if you go to school in Boston, send letters to Fed District of RI, NH, as well as Massachusetts).  Send some to the circuit judges in those areas too (these will be harder to get, obviously) if you want appellate work.  It is not uncommon to send a letter/resume to every judge in a district.  Sure, their offices are right next to each other and they will porbably notice that you sent them all the same letter. They know how it works, so this wont be a problem.

Also send some to the state supreme and appellate courts, though makre sure they are in session over the summer.

Addresses can be found on the internet usually.  Each federal district has a website, as does each circuit.  I'm not sure about the state courts.

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Re: Summer 2007 Judicial Internships: How to Get Them?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2006, 06:02:35 PM »

Does somebody have a link for lists of judges by state or whatever?  I can't figure out how to get in touch with judges in the area that I want to to a judicial internship.  Thanks!!