The Capital Fellows Program is administered by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University.
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Judicial Administration Fellows Breann Watt, Danny Lee, and Kate Nitta, with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye at the state Capitol following her 2013 State of the Judiciary Address.

Judicial Administration Fellowships

About The Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

The application period for the 2014-2015 Judicial Administration Fellowship Program has now closed. 

If you have questions regarding the fellowship or the application process, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, or visit 

The 2014-2015 class of the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program (JAFP) begins their year of service with the judicial branch on Monday, September 8, 2014. Their program orientation will include meeting with the branch administrators who will serve as their mentors, attending briefings on major challenges facing the judicial branch, and receiving advice from program directors and former Fellows on how to make the most of the fellowship year.  The Fellows reported to their placement offices on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Voted three years in a row (2010, 2011 & 2012) as one of the Top 10 internships nationwide by, the Capital Fellows Programs were ranked highly for their combination of meaningful work experience and career opportunities. Each year, Vault's editors evaluate the internship programs profiled in their annual guide and select from those the top 10 internship programs they feel represent the best all-around opportunities.

The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking, program development, and implementation and to gain first-hand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex court system in the nation. Judicial Administration Fellows work 10-11 months as a full-time, paid staff members of the Capital Fellows Program administered by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University, and they are placed in the courts and judicial branch leadership offices throughout the state.

Applications are posted the beginning of the calendar year. Fellows are selected in the spring and start their programs in fall with an intensive orientation conducted by the program, after which they interview with various offices before being placed. They attend weekly graduate seminars conducted by their program's academic advisors.

Prospective Judicial Administration Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1 of their service year and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service. Applicants may apply to one or more of the Capital Fellows Programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome.

Contact Info

Laura E. Speed
Office of Governmental Affairs
Judicial Council of California

770 L Street, Suite 1240
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: 916-323-3121
Fax: 916-323-4347
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