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Judicial Scholars Program

The University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law Judicial Scholars (“Judicial Scholars”) is a program designed to provide professional development opportunities within the judiciary for students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the legal profession. 


Judicial Scholars is a full-time 29 hours/week, 9 week, paid summer judicial internship program open to first-year law students. Judicial Scholars will work within the South Carolina Judiciary alongside current law clerks and learning from South Carolina justices and judges.

  • 3 weeks at South Carolina Supreme Court
  • 3 weeks at South Carolina Court of Appeals
  • 3 weeks at South Carolina Circuit Court (specific dates dependent on the upcoming terms of court)

Application Process

  1. Resume (without GPA or class rank)
  2. Personal Statement (one page expressing how you identify with a community that is underrepresented in the legal profession and how that has shaped or influenced your goals)
  • Applications will be collected by Career & Professional Development and reviewed by a committee of Law School faculty.
  • Applications must be submitted through the Symplicity job posting, which will be posted in the winter and due in February. No late entries will be accepted.


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