Bronx DA College Clerkship

Bronx DA College Clerkship Details


The Pre-Law Institute (PLI) and the Department of Political Science partners with the Office of the Bronx District Attorney to provide an invaluable clerkship experience for some of John Jay College’s brightest undergraduates. Students will intern one day per week at the Bronx DA; some examples of Bronx DA placements include working within the General Counsel, Strategic Enforcement, or Special Victims Divisions. Students will develop practical skills and insights that will contribute to their personal, professional, and academic development. Moreover, the course will be taught by an attorney from the Bronx DA, who will serve as a Professional in Residence and the instructor for the semester. Through this rare opportunity to learn from and be mentored by Bronx DA lawyers and staff, students will gain hands-on and practical experience, develop and revise professional materials for future opportunities, and critically examine the theories and practices of modern prosecution.

Students will be given hands-on tasks that will familiarize them with the criminal justice system through the lens of the prosecution. Depending on the specific assignment, tasks may include:
  • Observation of witness interviews, court proceedings
  • Review, analyze and transcribe 911 and prisoner phone calls in preparation for trial
  • Review and analyze police reports
  • Participate in arrest intake processing
  • Evaluate notifications of child abuse or endangerment
  • Gather and review materials for disclosures in criminal prosecutions.
Clerkship Requirements
To be eligible for the Pre Law Institute Application you will have to:
  • Students selected for the clerkships must enroll in Political Science 277 (3 credits) taught by a Professional in Residence from the Bronx DA's Office.
  • The clerkship will encompass one full day each week at the Bronx District Attorney's Office, class meetings, assigned readings, and written assignments which encourage integration of the experiential activities and readings.
  • Students must work at the Bronx District Attorney's Office one full day each week; students can opt to work a full day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. No exceptions will be made to this requirement.
Documents Required
You will be asked to submit the following materials to the online application system. Please gather your documents before you begin the application process as you cannot save your application.
  • A current resume stating your cumulative GPA. A GPA above 2.5 is preferred
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript
  • A statement of interest no more than 500 words
  • All documents must be in PDF format
Application Process
  • You will be asked to login to the system using your John Jay email (as a username) and password.
  • Before you begin the application process, please gather the required documents and be prepared to answer several additional questions regarding why you would like to participate in this internship experience.
  • You will NOT be able to save an application once your start.
  • Application deadline is Sunday, November 12, 2023.