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Minority Judicial Internship Program

 Hon. Harold Baer Jr. and Dr. Suzanne Baer
Minority Judicial Internship Program

The Program
Established in 1989 by Honorable Harold Baer Jr. and his wife, Dr. Suzanne Baer, the Minority Judicial Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for law students of color to be introduced to the judicial system during a paid summer internship.  The program is administered by NYCLA's Committee on Minorities and the Law and accepts first and second year law students from the five law schools in New York County, as well as Brooklyn Law School, St. John’s University School of Law and City University of New York School of Law at Queens College.

Each intern is assigned to a single state or federal judge.  Interns are expected to perform legal research, draft memoranda, assist with the preparation of jury instructions, and observe court proceedings.  Participating judges are asked to serve as mentors to the interns and to insure that each intern completes at least one comprehensive research and writing assignment.  Usually, there will be other law students in chambers; all interns can expect to work with the judge's law clerk or law secretary.

The eight-week internship of each student is scheduled during the student's summer vacation at the convenience of the judge.  Each intern will be assigned a mentor from among the members of the Committee on Minorities and the Law.

Program Requirements and Compensation
Interns are required to attend an orientation and reception in late spring, during which they will meet their judges.  Participation in a writing workshop and three evening meetings is mandatory.  In addition, interns must become members of NYCLA and join the Committee on Minorities and the Law.  Other requirements include, volunteering to interview candidates for subsequent programs, serving as junior mentors to subsequent interns and volunteering at a fundraising event for the program.  At the end of the summer, interns will be asked to complete written evaluations of their experiences. 

Interns will receive $500 per week for the eight-week internship.  If the intern has funding from any other source, please let us know.  The availability of outside funds will not affect their chances of being awarded an internship; however, outside funding may enable NYCLA to offer more internships in the future.

Participating Judges
Judges who have participated in the program include Rolando Acosta, Deborah Batts, Harold Baer, John W. Carter, Cheryl Chambers, Margaret Chan, Denny Chin, Ronald L. Ellis, Nicholas Figueroa, Helen Freedman, Marilyn Go, Priscilla Hall, Debra James, Yvonne Lewis, Richard B. Lowe, III, Jeffrey K. Oing, Eduardo Padro, Robert P. Patterson, Charles Ramos, Anil C. Singh, Sonia Sotomayor, Margarita Lopez Torres, Jack B. Weinstein, William Wetzel, Lottie E. Wilkins, Bonnie Wittner, and James A. Yates.  The Committee matches each intern to a judge; students who wish to intern only in a particular court or for a particular judge should not apply to this program.

Application Requirements
The selection process is conducted by volunteers from the Committee on Minorities and the Law.  Please pay close attention to the Program's requirements and deadlines – we will not process any application that has not complied with the requirements and deadlines.  All applicants must submit a resume, a one or two page statement of interest, and a legal writing sample by midnight, January 14, 2021.

The deadline for application submission to the 2021 program is 11:59 p.m. - January 14, 2021.  

Submissions must be sent electronically to


For information
If you have any questions, please contact Azelia Cutts at

Please note that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 2021 program may be held remotely and the reception, writing workshop, and evening meetings may be held virtually.