Wolverine Bar Association’s Summer 2014 Federal Judicial Externship Program

Application Information can be found at:  www.wbadirect.org.
Job Description:
To facilitate the applications of qualified first or second minority law students to federal judges, and to assist the judges in locating such students. To expand judicial clerkship opportunities for minority students. Each student will be assigned a former federal law clerk to serve as a mentor.

Participating judges are located in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Bay City and Flint. Every effort will be made to place students at their first location choice.

Students are required to complete a minimum of one hundred sixty (160) hours in chambers between May 2014 and August 2014, and to attend at least three (3) law firm sponsored seminars.

Students will have the opportunity to work directly with federal judges and their law clerks in preparing bench memoranda for pending cases. Students will also view, first hand, the unfolding of pretrial matters and can observe settlement conferences, final pretrial conferences, trials and motion hearings.

Leading Michigan employers have agreed that the JEP externs can participate in their regularly scheduled education programs for summer associates. Employers who have participated in the past include:

  • Bodman PLC
  • Butzel Long PC
  • Clark Hill, PLC
  • Dickinson Wright, PLLC
  • Dykema Gossett, PLLC
  • Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.
  • Federal Defender Office
  • Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP
  • Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, PLC
  • Plunkett Cooney, P.C.

In some instances, acceptance into the JEP may qualify a student to participate in the WBA Summer Clerkship Program. If a student is accepted into the dual program, the student will spend approximately four (4) weeks with his or her assigned judge and approximately eight (8) weeks with a law firm/company.

Any minority law student who will have completed at least his or her first year of law school by May, 2014. Students must demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical abilities, and sign releases so that information can be obtained from faculty and/or administrators of their schools. articipation in the JEP will preclude a student from working in any other legal capacity while interning at the federal court.
Salary: Externs will be provided with a small stipend for the summer of 2014 due to the generosity of private donors.  In lieu of accepting a stipend, students can elect to intern for course credit if their law schools permit.

Application Instructions:

An applicant wishing to be considered for the 2014 JEP must submit the following materials by electronic mail no later than Friday, January 24, 2014.

  • Completed application form attached to this application packet.
  • A short cover letter explaining the applicant’s career goals and how he or she believes participating in the JEP will further those goals.
  • A current resume.
  • An unofficial copy of the applicant’s law school transcript. Applicants who are selected to interview with the JEP Committee must provide an official copy of his or her transcript at the interview. If an unofficial transcript is not available by the application deadline, the applicant must provide a letter from each professor, on the school’s letterhead, reflecting his or her performance in each course.
  • A writing sample not exceeding five (5) pages in length, double-spaced, in the form of a legal memorandum or brief showing the applicant’s ability to identify and analyze legal issues. The writing sample may be an excerpt from a larger project, if clearly identified as such. The writing sample should not contain any comments or markings from the applicant’s professor/instructor.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from current or former employers, professors, or someone familiar with the applicant’s work ethic, character, and judgment.

Submit all application materials in a single PDF to: Linda_Vertriest@mied.uscourts.gov

The JEP is administered by the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts, 231 West Lafayette, Room 211, Detroit, MI 48226, 313-234-5230. If you need further information, contact: Linda Vertriest at 313-234-5230 or Linda_Vertriest@mied.uscourts.gov.

Contact Information:
Linda Vertriest
Phone: 313-234-5230
231 West Lafayette, Room 211
Detroit, MI 48226