The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program ("JMB JIP") was founded in 2009 by Linda S. Lin, Director, Assistant General Counsel at QBE North America. Through its partnership with the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage ("AJHH"), the Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY"), the Asian American Law Fund of New York ("AALFNY"), the Metropolitan Black Bar Association ("MBBA"), the New York Women's Bar Association Foundation, Inc. (NYWBAF"), the Puerto Rican Bar Association ("PRBA"), and the South Asian Bar Association of New York ("SABANY"). JMB JIP offered law students who completed at least one year of law school the opportunity to enhance their legal educations with summer judicial internships in New York metropolitan area courthouses. Since 2009, JMB JIP grew from a program with nine interns to one with more than thirty interns.
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, law school students have access to an expanded network of judges and mentors. JMB JIP's founder Linda S. Lin is "thrilled and honored to be joining forces with SCS HSJIP and developing a deeper pipeline program."
The SCS JIP selects law school interns from a pool of highly qualified applicants who bring a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and talents. It is open to all law students attending an ABA approved law school.
Interns should possess the following qualifications/ experiences:
- Current status as a student in good standing at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, as demonstrated by a transcript
- Demonstrated ability to think and communicate clearly, as observed during a required interview
- Ability to work closely with others as part of a team, as confirmed through references and recommendations
- Capacity to undertake a variety of tasks simultaneously and a willingness to perform administrative tasks when necessary, as confirmed through references and recommendations.
- Trustworthiness, discretion, maturity, and good judgment, as confirmed through references and recommendations
- Ability to work independently and with little supervision, as confirmed through references, recommendations, and required resume
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, as reflected by the applicant's resume listing extracurricular activities
- Prior research experience and course work on constitutional law or the court system is preferred but not required
- Writing Sample (no more than 10 pages)
- Personal Statement (Topic: My Commitment to Diversity, 500 words or less)
- Letters of Recommendation (Optional)
The SCS JIP Law Student program runs for 8-10 weeks on a full-time basis during the summer. Scheduling is at the discretion of the judge/ chambers.