New Hampshire Judicial Branch Law Student Summer Internships
The New Hampshire Judicial Branch is composed of one appellate court (the Supreme Court), and two trial courts (the Circuit and Superior Courts). Each court welcomes law student summer interns who seek to further the mission of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch “[t]o preserve the rule of law and protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the United States and New Hampshire Constitutions” by providing “accessible, prompt, and efficient forums for the fair and independent administration of justice, with respect for the dignity of all we serve.”
Summer internships are available for both 1L and 2L students. Generally, 2L interns will have more challenging and complex assignments than 1L interns. However, interns at each court level will have the opportunity to observe court proceedings, review filings and evidence submitted by the parties, and conduct legal research and writing regarding a variety of matters that come before the court. Interns work closely with the judges or justices and law clerks at their assigned court level.
Law students interested in serving as an intern at any court within the New Hampshire Judicial Branch may apply by submitting a single application form (available here), a resume, a writing sample, and a transcript. Application materials must be combined into a single PDF file, named with your last name and first initial (Ex., SmithJ.pdf).
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com. Before applying, interested students should review the Law Clerk Code of Conduct as well as the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Law students interested in interning during the summer following their 2L year (or equivalent thereof) should submit their application materials by August 15th of the preceding year; law students interested in interning during the summer following their 1L year should submit their application materials by February 1st. Judicial branch law student summer internships are unpaid. However, law students are encouraged to apply for any public interest stipend or fellowship that their law school may offer.
NOTICE: The New Hampshire Judicial Branch is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness and in which every employee is treated with dignity and respect. The Judicial Branch is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, religious creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or any other class protected by federal or state law is strictly prohibited.
For more information regarding these internship opportunities, please contact:
- Alexandra Schmitt, Supervisory Law Clerk, New Hampshire Supreme Court – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephani Roundy Knights, Law Clerk Supervisor, New Hampshire Superior Court – Sroundyknights@courts.state.nh.us
- Rebeka Fortess, Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Circuit Court – RFortess@courts.state.nh.us