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LAW 0756: State Judicial Clerkship
Spring 2023 • Section 21

Course Description

Course Description:Temple Law School is proud to offer the State Judicial Clerkship (SJC) Program. In this three (3) credit program, second year day and third year evening/part-time day students are offered an opportunity to work for a judge in the First Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Working with the judges and their full-time clerks, students draft orders, research issues, prepare bench memoranda, and observe judicial proceedings. Finally, students must submit journal entries as required by the Clinical Office. Participation in this program will be based on a selection process by a Law School committee after review of your application and supporting materials (resume, statement of interest and writing sample). Completion of this application constitutes your permission for the committee to review your transcript. Should you be selected, you will be matched with a judge. Participating judges are all located in Philadelphia and are easily reached by car or public transportation. A student's application communicates a willingness to participate. Students will not be permitted to drop this clinic once they are selected.


Day/Time Location Note
F 10:00 AM-12:00 PM TBA City Hall

Additional Time Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours each week of the semester of experiential work, classroom learning, or out of class assignments, including approximately 8-10 hours a week in chambers. The hours spent in chambers will be scheduled with your assigned judge. Depending on the judge's needs, students may be assigned additional work or be asked to schedule their chambers hours on certain days. In addition to chambers hours, Judge Annette Rizzo and Professor Erin Lamb, of the Court of Common Pleas, will conduct a required classroom component focusing on current issues impacting the state courts. This seminar meets Friday from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at City Hall. Students can work in chambers on Friday morning and Friday afternoon.

Course Details

  • Annette Rizzo
  • Sheila Woods-Skipper
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Externship
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Experiential/Professional Skills


Registration Info

Registration Notes

This program is taught in the Spring and is listed for information purposes - registration for it is handled through a separate process from Banner.

Book List/Materials

No book purchases are required or recommended for this course.