No matter what you decide to do after law school, a judicial externship can give you valuable work experience and a glimpse at the inner workings of state or federal court.

This video link will take you to a recording of the March 29, 2017 Externship Information Session in Camden:  

Note:  We will begin making placements for the Fall semester in Camden on April 21, 2017.

Judicial externships are open to students who have completed the first-year curriculum and would like to gain practical experience by working with a judge on the state or federal level. Rutgers Law School students may apply for judicial externships with municipal and state court judges as well as with federal judges, including district court, court of appeals, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges.

Judicial externships allow you to gain exposure to the inner workings of a court.  You will have the opportunity to conduct legal research, write memoranda, and attend court proceedings. You will research a wide variety of legal issues and begin the process of discovering the areas of law that most interest you. Many students compile excellent writing samples and upon completion, are able to get a reference from a judge for future job prospects. Some judges later hire former externs as law clerks upon graduation. Many other legal employers think highly of judicial externships and the valuable research and writing skills students develop. Judicial externships are unpaid; however, you can receive academic credit for these externships.

For further information about judicial externships, please contact Dean Yvette Bravo-Weber at 973-353-5644 or in Newark, and Professor Barbara Gotthelf at 856-225-6692 or in Camden.

For additional real-world experiences at Rutgers Law School, learn more about the Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs and the Field Placement Program.


To Apply for a Judicial Externship


    • Requirements

    The requirements:

    • Register for a judicial externship through website registration and include the number of credits for which you are registering.
    • Take part in an externship/field placement seminar, which is offered in the fall and spring only. Students taking a summer judicial externship must take the fall seminar.
    • Submit an evaluation form completed by the judge or law clerk supervising the externship.
    • Submit one or two examples of writing that have been done during the externship depending on the amount of school credits you are seeking.
    • Keep a journal of your externship activities.