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Federal Judicial Placement Program

Each year the judges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals accept Penn State Law students to participate in chamber activities through the Federal Judicial Placement program. Students work directly with the judges and their full-time clerks, and observe the work of the Court.

Most federal judicial placements begin in the spring semester of a student’s second year and continue in the fall of the third year. The placement with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals is for third-year students.

Penn State Law students have participated in the Federal Judicial Placement Program with the following chambers:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith
  • U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann
  • U.S. District Court Judge William W. Caldwell
  • U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner
  • U.S. District Court Judge (Bankruptcy) Mary France
  • U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane
  • U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo
  • U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones
  • U.S. District Court Judge Kim Gibson
  • U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle
  • U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson
  • U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Susan Schwab 

Students interested in applying for the Federal Judicial Placement Program should view the informational video, review the Application and Interview Information for Federal Judicial Placements prior to the application and interview season, and contact the Career Planning & Development Office.