The Judicial Internship Program began at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1990 and, over the last twenty years more than 575 students have participated in the Program. The Internship is designed to provide university juniors and seniors with exposure to the inner workings of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Each intern is assigned to a judge in a civil, criminal, or family law court usually in one of the three courthouses in the San Fernando Valley – Chatsworth, San Fernando, or Van Nuys – but also have of the option of doing their internship in the courthouses in Santa Clarita or Lancaster. In addition to their initial assignment, interns are strongly encouraged to observe judges in other courtrooms and courthouses. Interns have the opportunity to develop practical insights and understanding of the law and the court system. Students have full access to status, mediation and settlement conferences, negotiations between judges and attorneys, jury selection, establishment of court calendars, trials, and other activities. The internship provides opportunities to observe courtroom activities that are not part of the regular law school curriculum. The judges who participate in the Program are very generous with their time and are committed to seeing that the interns have a productive experience.
At the end of the internship, we hope that students will have a much better understanding of how the justice system works and whether pursuing a career in law is the correct choice for their future.