The Third Branch
Summer law internship recruitment underway
Recruitment is now beginning for the 2014 Volunteer Summer Law Student Internship program, which brings together circuit court judges and law students.
The Office of Court Operations administers the program, which places first- and second-year law students with Wisconsin judges. The goals of the program are to assist judges with their workload and to train future lawyers. Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson initiated the program in 1997, and it continues today.
In the summer of 2013, 22 law students from 15 law schools across the country were matched with 30 judges in 18 counties. There has been increasing interest from second-year law students, who comprised 40 percent of 2013 participants.
Feedback from both judges and students is overwhelmingly positive every year.
"It was wonderful to experience this type of legal work and to be a part of the justice system," said Gavin Gubrofski, a student at Drake University Law School who was an intern for Portage County Circuit Court Judge Thomas T. Flugaur. "I really doubt any other type of summer internship could produce so much useful knowledge about what the practice of law is actually like. I feel very lucky to have spent this summer working in the circuit court."Judges interested in participating in the program should contact Melissa Lamb in the Office of Court Operations at email@example.com or (608) 266-3121.