Judicial Internship Program

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's (TBA YLD) Judicial Internship Program matches law students in Tennessee with appellate and trial court judges in the state who have agreed to accept summer clerks. Students will be placed with judges for either six or 12-week assignments. No compensation is available, but we hope the experience gained through the program will provide participants with meaningful and practical benefits. Applications are available each fall for assignments the following summer.


2015 Application Process

The application period for Summer 2015 internships will open in October 2014. Please read these instructions carefully.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The Judicial Internship Program is open to Tennessee law students in their first or second years of study. Third year students at the Nashville School of Law and the Duncan School of Law also may apply.
  • Students at law schools outside of Tennessee may apply, but will be considered only after in-state applicants are offered positions.
  • Students selected for the program will be required to watch an online video training on what to expect as a judicial clerk.
  • Applicants need not be members of the TBA to participate.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications must be received in the TBA office by 5 p.m. Central on Feb. 2, 2105.

Students should submit the following documents to the TBA:

  • One (1) hard copy of the Application Cover Sheet (coming soon!)
  • Three (3) hard copies of the Application and required attachments ("Application Packet")
  • One (1) electronic copy of the Application Packet

Be sure to use the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the fill-in forms if you want to save the pdfs with your data.

Download a hard copy of these Application Instructions. (coming soon!)

Hard Copy Submission
The hard copy application should be submitted as follows:

Application Cover Sheet -- Students should submit one Application Cover Sheet with their three application packets.

Application Packets -- Each of the three copies of the Application Packet should contain the following four documents and be assembled in the following order:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript
  • Writing Sample

Each packet should be prepared as follows:

  • Documents should be printed on a single side (no double-sided copies).
  • Documents should be printed on plain copy paper (do not use bond or resume paper).
  • Do not use presentation or file folders or any other binding system on packets.
  • Each of the three hard copies of the application packet should be stapled.
  • All documents (cover sheet and three application packets) should be clipped together with a binder clip.

Submitting Hard Copies -- Hard copies should be sent to:

Stacey Shrader Joslin
Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Electronic Copy Submission
An electronic version of the application packet should be emailed to Stacey Shrader Joslin at sshrader@tnbar.org as follows:

  • The cover sheet should be submitted as a separate attachment (do not merge into the other application documents).
  • All other documents (application, resume, transcript and writing sample) should be combined and submitted as a second attachment.

Writing Samples
Students should submit three copies of the same writing sample. Pick your best work and make three copies of it. Multiple versions will be discarded and not sent to judges. Writing samples should be no more than 15 pages in length.

Transcripts
Transcripts must be included in the student's application packet. Transcripts sent under separate cover will not be accepted. Unofficial versions of transcripts ARE acceptable.

Extraneous Material
Any extraneous material included in a student's application packet (e.g., cover letters, recommendation letters, personal statements, etc.) will be discarded and not sent to judges.

QUESTIONS?

For questions about the application process please contact TBA staff member Stacey Shrader Joslin at (615) 383-7421 or sshrader@tnbar.org. For questions about the program in general or what to expect when working with a judge, please contact the YLD Law School Outreach Committee leadership listed at the right.

KEY DATES

A summary of key 2015 program dates is listed below:

Feb. 2 Applications due
Week of Feb. 23 Applications submitted to judges
March 16 Deadline for judges to respond with first choice candidates
Week of March 16 Applicants notified of internship offer
April 1 Deadline for accepting or declining offer
Prior to start of internship Deadline for watching orientation video

 

Contact Us

Questions or comments about other law school services? Visit the TBA's law student resource page or contact the TBA YLD's Law School Outreach Committee:

Nathan Shelby, Chair
Rainey Kizer Reviere &
Bell PLC
105 S. Highland Ave.
PO Box 1147
Jackson, TN 38305
Phone: (731) 423-2414
nshelby@raineykizer.com