Judges visit Rutgers Law School to give advice to students about getting externships.

Watch an Externship Information Session

(filmed on March 29, 2017 in Camden)

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 in the civil, criminal, and family divisions; with federal judges in the district court, court of appeals, and bankruptcy courts; and judges who sit in administrative courts, including the EEOC and the Department of Labor.

Judicial externships allow students to gain exposure to the inner workings of a court. During an externship, students conduct legal research, write memoranda, attend court proceedings and research a variety of legal issues. Externships can help a student discover an interest in a particular area of law. After completing a judicial externship, a student may be able to get a letter of recommendation from a judge for future job prospects and some judges 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, a student can receive academic credit for these externships.

For further information about judicial externships, please contact Dean Andrew Rossner at rossner@law.rutgers.edu or 973-353-5346 in Newark, and Professor Barbara Gotthelf at 856-225-6692 or barbara.gotthelf@rutgers.edu in Camden.

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.