Education & Scholarships

Mexican American Bar Association Federal Judicial Externship Program

Mexican American Bar Association

Established by MABA in 2013, the Judicial Externship Program (“JEP”) secures judicial externships for a select group of law students and provides them invaluable experience in our federal and state courts. Selected scholarship recipients undergo a rigorous selection process, wherein they must demonstrate an intention to practice in Los Angeles after their graduation and a commitment to community service and the Latina/o community. Participants work full-time in chambers for eight weeks, conducting research, drafting legal memoranda and orders, and attending proceedings. They also receive a $2,000 scholarship. MABA attorneys who clerked for federal and state court judges offer them a series of lunch-time seminars, as well as monitor their progress throughout the summer.

The JEP was started to provide qualifying students an opportunity that many would not otherwise have in the competitive environment of judicial externships. Participants have used this invaluable experience to bolster their chances of obtaining various legal positions, including judicial clerkships. Several past participants have gone on to clerk for federal and state court judges, including on the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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