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Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

Judicial Administration Fellowship Brochure

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The Judicial Administration 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 $2,627 and receive health, dental and vision benefits.

Applications for the Capital Fellows Programs are now closed.

Inside the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

Judicial Administration Fellowship Brochure

Graduate Students

  • 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

Office Placement

  • Full-time professional staff placements include California trial and the Judicial Council.  A key component to the program is the strength of the mentorship opportunities that exist for fellows in each of the placements.


  • Applicants must be 20 years of age and must have completed their undergraduate degree by September of the fellowship year.
  • Applicants must be prepared for full-time employment, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Application Requirements

  • 2016-17 Fellowship Application

  • Personal Statement
    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).
  • Program Questions
    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 Administration 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.
  • Transcripts from each college and university attended

Selection Process

  • Application Deadline: February 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST
  • April: Invitation to selected candidates to interview before selection committee panel.
  • Late April/early May: Interviews in Sacramento and Long Beach.
  • May: Acceptance letters sent out to selected candidates.
  • September: Selected class of fellow begin fellowship in assigned court.

If you have questions regarding the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program please call Megan Thorall, Director at (916) 278-7563 or email:

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