Northwest Territory Judicial Internship

Pending the lift of travel and other Covid-related restrictions, the NWT Judicial Internship will be offered as an in-person experience during the Fall 2022 term.

In the Northwest Territories Judicial Internship, students are responsible to Justices of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. This Internship is an unparalleled opportunity for full-time learning with a Court. Students will earn fifteen credits toward their law degree over the course of the term. Internship placements are available in the Fall and Winter terms.

Law 2 and 3 students are eligible for this placement. Students who wish to apply for this program must have successfully completed Law I. The Supreme Court of the NWT suggests that students complete Evidence before participating in the program.

Students may apply by submitting an online Northwest Territories 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 included (an unofficial transcript will suffice). Students will also provide a writing sample and any further information that supports their application. The applications will be assessed in consultation with the Supervising Judge. Students who were unsuccessful in the Fall term are encouraged to apply again for the Winter term.

Selection for this Internship is made by the Court in consultation with the Externship Program Director. Selection is based on students’ academic performance, legal research and writing skills, and particular interests and background relevant to the clerkship program. Although regular tuition applies for this Clerkship, funds have been allocated to cover some expenses incurred.

Students will receive 15 credits for the term

  • 9 credits will be assigned to your work, which will be documented in a log book on a weekly basis. This portion will continue to be assessed by the Supervising Judge in consultation with the Externship Program Director as required, on a Pass-Fail basis, at the end of term.  
  • 3 credits will be assigned to your written work completed over the term. Because there are confidentiality issues, any materials that have to be reviewed by the Externship Program Director will have to be redacted. This will be assessed by the Supervising Judge with a numerical grade
  • 3 credits will be assigned to guided reflective exercises. This assignment will be assessed with a numerical grade.  The reflective paper does not meet the Research Paper requirement for JD students. 

Students are entitled to an $8000 grant to support the internship. In order to arrange for this, an invoice must be sumitted to UWindsor.

For all reimbursable expenses, receipts should be saved. The expeses should be recorded on the NWT Expense Tracking spreadsheet that is submitted monthly.


Invoice Template

NWT Expense Tracking Form

NWT Expense Guidelines

UWindsor Travel Policy

Supreme Court Policy on Electronic Devices

Territorial Court Policy on Electronic Devices

Please contact the Externship Director Gemma Smyth with any questions about this placement.

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


Thoughts from former Northwest Territory Interns

“I learned all about the inner workings of a Court that a text book could never provide.”

Alexander M. Voudouris
Senior Litigator, Pace Law Firm
Windsor Law, Class of 1989
1989 Northwest Territories Clerkship


“The Northwest Territories Clerkship program was unquestionably the greatest experience during my time at Windsor Law.  My experience broadened my understanding of Canadian law, barriers to access to justice, and the skills necessary to be a successful and effective oral advocate.”

Madeleine C. Godard 
Windsor Law, Class of 2012
2011 Northwest Territories Clerkship


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