The High School Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (“SCS JIP”) encourages diverse and underrepresented high school students from communities among the five New York City boroughs to pursue careers in the law. In the Summer of 2020, a select group of high school students will participate in judicial internships in state and federal courts, educational workshops, and mentorship opportunities. Students will intern with a state or federal judge located within one of the five New York City boroughs. Internship hours will likely be from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., subject to the assigned judge’s discretion, from Monday through Thursday for four weeks. Students will also attend educational and professional development workshops on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, located at 40 Foley Square, New York, NY 10007. Students are expected to honor these time commitments to participate and successfully complete the program.

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1. Be a current 11th grader (a rising 12th grader in the Summer of 2020)
2. Reside in and attend school in Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island
3. Have a minimum GPA of 82%
4. Timely submit application materials: Online Google Form, School Transcript, Statement of
Interest, Teacher Recommendation, and Resume


1. Monday, November 25, 2019 - SCS JIP, High School Division Application Opens
2. Friday, February 14, 2020 - Deadline to Apply to SCS JIP, High School Division
3. Monday, March 23 to Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - High School Division Interviews
4. Saturday, May 16, 2020 - SCS JIP Orientation in Manhattan
5. Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 31, 2020 - High School Division Internship


The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program was founded in 2014 by Celina Cabán Gandhi as part of her work with the Ms. JD Fellowship Program. With the guidance and support of Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin and the Justice Resource Center, the High School Program hosted seventeen students its first year, and it more than doubled in size its second Summer of 2015. Following the completion of the 2015 internship cycle, 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, high school students have access to an expanded network of judges, law students, and mentors.