State Judicial Clerkships

Judge Annette Rizzo, of the Court of Common Pleas, speaking with students and faculty

Program Overview

Judicial clerkships aren't just for law school graduates anymore. Temple's three credit State Judicial Clerkship (SJC) Clinical Program places second year day and third year evening or part-time day students as clerks with judges in the First Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Student clerks spend approximately eight to ten hours a week in chambers, gaining valuable experience working alongside judges and their full-time clerks. Students draft orders, research issues, prepare bench memoranda, and observe judicial proceedings. In addition to chambers hours, the program features a classroom component, taught by Judge Annette Rizzo, of the Court of Common Pleas, focusing on current issues impacting the state courts.

Selection Process

Placement in the State Judicial Clerkship Clinical Program is highly regarded and competitive. Students interested in the program must submit a completed application, resume, and writing sample. Successful applicants are chosen through a faculty committee review of these materials and are matched with a judge.

Applying To The Program

Current students interested in the State Judicial Clerkship Clinical Program should download the application form from the clinical forms and documents page or contact the Clinical and Experiential Programs Office in Klein Hall, Room 519/520, for more information.