There is a national effort to provide federal judicial externship opportunities to students who are underrepresented in the legal profession. The ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Program, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project, and the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program are just a few examples of this ongoing effort. These efforts highlight both the importance of diversifying the judiciary and judiciary staff, and the need to provide underrepresented law students opportunities to develop the skills and gain the experiences necessary to meet the needs of the wide range of cases and clients that come before the Courts.
The Western District of Washington is partnering with the WDWA Federal Bar Association to provide judicial externships to law students who are underrepresented in the legal profession and provide each student with a rigorous and structured educational program and a $5,000 stipend to defray the students’ living expenses. Externship opportunities will be in both District Judge and Magistrate Judge chambers in Seattle and Tacoma.
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