Penn State Law’s Judicial Observation Internship provides select LL.M. students and recent graduates the opportunity to experience the American legal system firsthand. Paired with a Pennsylvania state trial court judge, students spend an intensive, four weeks observing various civil and criminal litigation proceedings brought before the court.
By observing and analyzing actions of lawyers and judges in the courtroom, students experience different advocacy techniques, and U.S. legal principles in action. Under the supervision of a Penn State Law professor, students research answers to legal questions for actual cases pending before the court. They also have the opportunity to hone their legal writing skills by writing a judicial opinion about a case they have observed.