Judicial Fellowship Program
Judicial Fellows work in courts across California, gaining direct experience in the management of a complex and changing court environment. Courts do much more than adjudicate cases. In the service of promoting access to justice for everyone, Judicial Fellows are exposed to the management and/or development of a variety of court programs and departments, multi-million dollar budgets, policy, and other managerial tasks. The special challenge of court administration is to manage these functions in ways that preserve judicial independence and ensure the efficient and fair administration of the law.
Judicial Fellows are enrolled as graduate students at Sacramento State in Public Policy and Administration. Fellows participate in an academic seminar and field seminar once a month throughout the duration of the program. Field seminar is run in conjunction with academic seminar and takes place at a different court each month. During field seminars fellows have the opportunity to learn about different court programs, observe courthouse operations and speak with experts in the court system throughout the state.
Applications for the 2019-20 Capital Fellows Programs are now OPEN. 2019-20 fellowship year applications are due by Monday, February 11th, 2019 by 5:00 PM PST.
The Judicial Fellowship Program is administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) and in partnership with the Judicial Council of California. All persons with a four-year college degree, including recent graduates and mid-career applicants are eligible to apply. Successful applicants demonstrate a commitment to public service and an interest in the administration of justice in the California court system. Ten fellows are accepted into the ten-month program, which begins in September of each year.
As employees of California State University, fellows earn a monthly stipend of $2,698 and receive health, dental and vision benefits.
The 2019-20 deadline is Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:00PM PST
Fellows are enrolled as graduate students in Public Policy and Administration at Sacramento State, and attend regularly scheduled academic seminars. During the course of the fellowship, fellows earn graduate units for the successful completion of all academic requirements.
Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, fellows earn a Capital Fellows Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government.
Full-time professional staff placements include California Superior Courts and the Judicial Council of California. A key component to the program is the strength of the mentorship opportunities that exist for fellows in each of the placements.
- Have a bachelor's degree by September 1st of the fellowship year and either a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher or a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) units.
- 20 years of age or older by Sept. 1 of the fellowship year.
- Applicants must be prepared for full-time employment, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
2019-20 Fellowship Application
Please tell us about yourself. Discuss your background, any interests and hobbies, and your future education goals and career aspirations. How do your experiences, skills, and other attributes make you well qualified to serve as a Judicial Fellow? (One-page limit; typed, double-spaced; 12 pt. font).
Please answer the following questions. You must submit your answers in order and number your responses.Answers should be detailed and contain information not covered in your personal statement. (Max 250 words per question; typed, double-spaced; 12 pt. font).
1. What interests you most about the California courts?
2. What interests you most about working in court administration?
3. Please explain what benefits are likely to result from your participation in the Judicial Fellowship Program.
Three original/current letters of recommendation. It is strongly suggested that at least one of the
recommendations be provided by a faculty member familiar with your work and one of the recommendations be
provided by a supervisor/employer.
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