The High School Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program encourages diverse and underrepresented high school students from communities among the five New York City boroughs to pursue careers in the law.
In the Summer of 2017, a select group of high school students will participate in judicial internships in state and federal courts, educational workshops, and mentorship opportunities. The students will intern with a state or federal judge located within one of the five New York City boroughs from Monday through Thursday for four weeks. The hours will likely be 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., subject to the individual judge's discretion. On Fridays, the student interns will meet for educational and professional development workshops at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students are expected to honor these time commitments to participate in the program.
- 1. Current 11th grader (rising seniors in the Summer of 2017)
- 2. Reside in or attend school in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island
- 3. Minimum 85% GPA
- 4. Application, transcript, essay, teacher recommendation, and resume (which includes a list of extracurricular activities)
- 5. Available to attend in-person Program Orientation on May 20, 2017
About the SCS JIP High School Division
The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program was founded in 2014 by Celina Cabán as part of her work with the Ms. JD Fellowship Program. With the guidance and support of Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin and the Justice Resource Center, the Program hosted seventeen students its first year, and it more than doubled in size its second year. In August 2015, the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program merged with the high school program to form the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, adding a law school internship component. As part of this merger, high school students have access to an expanded network of judges, law students, and mentors.