Judicial Fellowship

The application period for the 2017-2018 Judicial Fellowship Program is now closed. The application period for the 2018-2019 fellowship year will open in early October of 2017. Learn More.

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 http://www.csus.edu/calst/programs/


The 2017-2018 class of the Judicial Fellowship Program began their year of service early-September with a week-long orientation of team building and intensive learning.  Their program orientation involved panels with branch administrators and directors, briefings on major challenges facing the judicial branch, and advice from program directors and former fellows on how to make the most of the fellowship year. The fellows reported to their respective offices in the judicial branch mid-September for training unique to their diverse placements.  The Judicial Fellowship Program is one of four fellowships that make up the Capital Fellows Programs.

Voted one of the Top 10 internships nationwide in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 by Vault.com, 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 50 internship programs they feel represent the best all-around opportunities.

Judicial Administrative Fellowship class of 2017-18
Judicial Fellows class of 2017-2018 (from left): Tayryn Edwards, Paola Dela Cruz, Alexandra Gonzalez, Belen Flores, Cynthia Guerra, Jacob Gorham, Laila Waheed, Alejandra Ruiz, Luana De Mello, Magdalene Lemons at orientation with Judicial Council Administrative Director, Martin Hoshino.

The fellowship offers a unique opportunity to participate in court administration, policymaking, program analysis, 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 Fellows work 10 months as full-time, paid staff members of the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University.  Fellows are placed in leadership offices at Superior Courts throughout the state or with the Judicial Council.  Fellows also attend monthly graduate seminars conducted by their program's academic advisor and receive graduate credits from the Public Policy and Administration Program through Sacramento State.

Prospective Judicial 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.  In addition to the Judicial Fellowship, the Center for California Studies offers fellowships in legislative and executive offices.  Applicants may apply to one or more of the Capital Fellows Programs that meet their interests and qualifications.  Applications are posted in the fall.  Fellows are interviewed and selected in the spring of the following year.  Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome.

Contact Info

Laura E. Speed
Governmental Affairs
Judicial Council of California

520 Capitol Mall, Suite 600,
Sacramento, CA  95814-4717

Telephone: 916-323-3121
Fax: 916-323-4347
E-mail: laura.speed@jud.ca.gov

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