Judicial Internship Application


The Pre Law Institute (PLI) partners with judges in New York City to provide invaluable internship experiences for some of John Jay College’s brightest undergraduates. While at their placement sites, interns engage in a wide range of activities including courtroom observations and mock trials as well as drafting memos, decisions, orders, and summaries. Judicial interns will develop practical skills and insights that will contribute to their personal, professional, and academic development. Through the rare opportunity to learn from and be mentored by judges, attorneys and staff, students will not only gain hands-on experience, but will also refine their future goals and expectations regarding the legal profession.

Placement Sites
There are several placements / judges participating in this program. Some of the placement sites are listed below. Please note that no guarantee can be made as to assignment to any particular judge.
  • Justice Carmen Velasquez, a John Jay alumna who sits on the Queens County New York State Supreme Court.
  • Judge Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the Office of Justice Initiatives.
  • Judge Ingrid Joseph, a John Jay alumna who sits on Kings County New York State Supreme Court.
  • Judge Jonah Triebwasser, a John Jay alum who is a Village and Town of Red Hook Justice
  • Justice Wilma Guzman, a John Jay alumna who sits on Bronx County New York State Supreme Court.
  • Office of Policy and Planning for the New York State Unified Court System, (please note that this is not a trial judge placement).
  • Legal research and writing
  • Drafting correspondence
  • Writing minutes for internal meetings and meetings with outside court personnel, and
  • Project analysis
Internship Requirements
To be eligible for the Pre Law Institute Application you will have to:
  • Students selected for the internships must register for Law and Society (LWS) 378, which is a 6-credit internship course
  • The internship will encompass 2 full days each week in the judge’s office, class meetings, assigned readings, and written assignments which encourage integration of the experiential activities and readings
  • Students must work in the Judge’s chambers 2 full days each week. 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 3.0 is preferred
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A writing sample on any topic totaling 3 to 8 pages
  • 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 list your preferences among the judges and courts identified above. .
  • You will NOT be able to save an application once your start.
  • Application deadline is October 14, 2021.