Judicial Internship Program

CCYLA invites first and second-year law students from Baylor, Oklahoma University, SMU, Texas A & M, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas to apply for judicial internships with the Collin County County and District Court Judges in McKinney, Texas. Applicants must have completed first-year civil procedure and legal writing courses before June 2016. Courses in evidence and criminal procedure are helpful but not required.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1. The completed Application Form, which includes, along with certain basic information, (a) the dates during the summer when the applicant is available, and (b) a short personal statement explaining the contributions the applicant hopes to make during the internship, as well as the experience the applicant hopes the internship will provide;
2. The applicant's one-page resume; and
3. The applicant's unofficial law school transcript.

Participating judges and CCYLA will interview in February and early March and will make final selections in March. Internships are full-time and are unpaid; there will be two six-week sessions, from May 23 to July 1, 2017 and July 5 to August 12, 2017, although interns assigned to specific judges may have slightly different schedules, as determined by those judges and interns. No internship will begin prior to May 23 or end later than August 12, 2016.

Two to three judges plan to have two interns, each for one four-week internship, in their courts; three to four other judges will participate in the internship program by drawing from an intern pool of up to 3 students who will be available to all the judges on an as-needed basis.

All interns selected for either session must participate in the sole orientation program that will be on May 18, 2016, from 11 am to 2 pm. Attendance at the orientation program is mandatory – students may not serve as interns in either session if they do not attend this orientation (unless given permission from CCYLA).


Application Process

December 1, 2016 Law schools begin accepting applications for 2017
February 8, 2017 Application deadline
February 9, 2017 Applications forwarded to CCYLA
February 22, 2017 Deadline for Judges to conduct interviews of prospective interns*
February 23, 2017 CCYLA begins interviews of prospective interns*
March 7, 2017 Final selections announced
May 18, 2017 Orientation / courthouse tour
May 22, 2017 Summer Session 1 begins
July 3, 2017 Summer Session 1 ends
July 6, 2017 Summer Session 2 begins
August 17, 2017 Summer Session 2 ends

All applications for the Judicial Internship Program should be submitted to your school’s Office of Career Services by Monday, February 8, 2016. Applications will be supplied to CCYLA in a single packet the following day. Please note, there is no advantage to being the first application submitted. However, late applications will not be accepted, and application materials cannot be supplemented after the deadline. If you have questions about the Judicial Internship Program, please contact your schools Office of Career Services.