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Judicial Internships

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Please note, at this time there is a Judicial Internship in Newmarket the Fall 2020 term. The placement will be remote until such time as the court reopens for in-person proceedings. This court only hears criminal matters.

 

In Windsor Law’s Judicial Internship Program, students are placed with one or more Supervising Judges in one of the Provincial Courts across Ontario. Judicial Internships provide a unique opportunity to better understand the work of the courts, learn from observing and critically reflecting on legal advocacy, and refine legal research and writing skills under the direct supervision of a Judge. Students interested in future Clerkship opportunities are highly encouraged to consider a Judicial Internship. Please see information on each placement site, below, including who to contact should more information be required. 

 

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Applications are collected in the spring for the Fall and Winter terms. 2L and 3L students may apply by submitting an online Judicial Internship Application Form. Required documents include cover letter setting out the student's reasons for seeking an internship and the qualities and experience the student possesses that make them suited for the position. A resume and transcript must also be provided (an unofficial transcript will suffice). Students will apply for their preferred Judicial Internship placement and have the opportunity to provide any further information that supports their application. The applications will be assessed in consultation with the Supervising Judges. Students who were unsuccessful in the Fall term are encouraged to apply again for any vacancies in the Winter term.

View the Applicant Rubric. 

Students will receive three (3) credits for their work. Assessment is based on the student's professionalism and contributions to the work of the Court, including in the form of preparing research memoranda. Assessment will be made by the Supervising Judge, in consultation with the Externship Program Director. Performance will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Please contact Prof Tess Sheldon with any questions about this placement.

Stacey Marion is the Clinical and Experiential Learning Coordinator at Windsor Law. 

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Thoughts from former Judicial Interns

“The one-on-one weekly interactions with a judge were a very enriching experience. Most of the lessons I learned stemmed from those interactions, where I was provided with practical advice and mentorship.”

Anjali Rajan
Windsor Law, Class of 2017
2016 Judicial Internship

 

“The clerkship was one of the most practical and useful things I did while in law school. Not only did it look good on a resume, but I found it to be a great talking point in interviews. Practically speak, I feel that this program made be better prepared to practice litigation after graduation. I learned about the importance of the pleadings/court documents from a judge’s perspective. It was also great to see the lawyers in our community practicing. Observing counsel in court aided me in learning presentation techniques of my own and about the civility required in our courtrooms.”

Jennifer L. Seufert
B.Sc. (Hons.), J.D.
Windsor Law, Class of 2014
2013 Judicial Internship – Family Law Clerkship

 

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