The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) is offering law students the possibility to participate in a judicial internship at the provincial, federal or administrative level. Internships take place between May 1 and September 1 of the current year, over the course of one week or more depending on the availability of participating judges. Throughout their internship, selected students may observe legal and administrative proceedings, research case law and doctrinal texts, draft legal memoranda, learn about new areas of law, and sit in on trials. Since 2019, the year the program was created, students were welcomed at courts in Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
CIAJ will pair a participant with a judge given the availability of the courts and a student’s residence and interests. Locations will vary from one year to another. CIAJ cannot guarantee that there will be a participating court in a student’s chosen city.
The internship is open to students registered in an undergraduate law degree (J.D., LL.B., B.C.L. LL.L., etc.) from a Canadian faculty of law who will have completed at least their first year of study by the time the internship begins. Students who will complete their degree in 2023 are eligible.
Application Process and Deadline
Please submit your law school transcripts, a CV and a one-page letter of intent explaining your interest in the internship in a single PDF document saved in the following manner: Lastname-Firstname JI2023. In the letter of intent, indicate the city (or cities) in which you would be able to undertake an internship. Transportation and accommodations are not covered. CIAJ reserves the right not to offer an internship if the application does not fulfill the selection criteria. Only successful candidates will be notified.
Send your application materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 14, 2023. The online registration form including the $10 registration fee (non-refundable) must also be filled by April 14: https://www.imakeanonlinedonation.org/ciaj-icaj/CLERK23/.
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