Thursday, May 26, 2011

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judicial Fellowship Program for Recent Law School Graduates

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, in conjunction with the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, Temple University Beasley School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Villanova University School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Widener University School of Law ("participating law schools") is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates interested in gaining professional experience to work directly with judges within Philadelphia's court system.

Recognizing that there are many exceptional graduates from Philadelphia area law schools seeking professional development opportunities in our current difficult legal economy, and that many judges could benefit from additional legal talent due to the Court's commitment to prompt and fair resolution of cases notwithstanding the Court's high volume caseload, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas is initiating a Fellowship Program for their mutual benefit. 

The Judicial Fellowship Program aims to provide talented law graduates with substantive experience in the law, and to support the Court in carrying out key functions.  Fellows will volunteer their time, have the same responsibilities as regular paid judicial law clerks, and gain the benefit of training by judges in the Philadelphia courts.  Judges will help new lawyers by mentoring, providing legal experience and enhancing their ability to acquire paid employment.  The fellows will help our high volume Court system maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community.  The Court hopes that this program will have a positive impact on both the graduates and the chambers in which they are placed. 

For more information, Rutgers-Camden law graduates can login to the Rutgers-Camden law job bank in Symplicity and view the job listing for the the judicial fellowship program, which includes the program application and a list of judges accepting judicial fellow applications.

To qualify for this program, graduates must apply within the first two years of graduation.

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