The Judicial Fellowship is a very unique opportunity and offers fellows the opportunity to explore the California Courts while working in a court office or at the Judicial Council. Below are just a few points describing what makes the Judicial Fellowship so special and how/why the current fellows chose this particular path.
The top reason I became a JAF was because the fellowship would provide me an opportunity to gain professional experience in public service and the judicial branch while learning about a subject matter that I am interested in.
JAF gave me the opportunity to experience real time court procedures and the processes of each litigation area that allows to carry out justice for the public on a daily basis.
As a Judicial Fellow I was able to gain a better understand of how leadership works in government.
I wanted to find my niche!
I wanted to meet other people and build a network.
To pursue a career in public service at the intersection of law, politics, and policy, while attaining an educational experience in relevant and applicable topics. Together, these opportunities allow individuals to become relevant to the changing world around them while producing good work that has the potential to help the public.
My favorite thing about the Judicial Administration Fellowship is that I have really developed a sense of California pride. I mean, I’m the kind of person who read a history of California before starting the fellowship and I also own a t-shirt with the state seal…but I didn’t really understand the inner workings of state government until very recently (and I learn more every day). Visiting all these different courts has enhanced my appreciation for the diverse and collective interests, issues, and identities in California.
Interview season for the class of 2016-17 is upon us. For interview tips check out this blog by former Capital Fellow, Alex Vassar.