Judicial Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2019-20 Capital Fellows Programs are now CLOSED.  Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship year will be available late fall.

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Judicial Fellows work for 10-months in the executive offices of Superior Courts or Judicial Council offices located throughout California. In the service of promoting access to justice for all Californians, Judicial Fellows gain direct experience in the management of California's courts including exposure to the development of court programs and departments, budgeting, and public policy. 

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


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 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.

Minimum Qualifications

1.   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. 

2.   20 years of age or older by Sept. 1 of the fellowship year

3.   Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas, nor any work permits requiring participation in the E-verify system.

PLEASE NOTE: Fellows are prohibited from outside academic studies during the fellowship year (i.e. graduate work outside the fellowship seminar, law school, etc.).  Applicants must be prepared for full-time employment, Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. 

Application Requirements

2019-20 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 Statement
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.

Transcripts from each college and university attended

Selection Process

  •   Application Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019 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: thorall@csus.edu

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