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For Wake County Family Court

Wake County Family Court

District and Superior Court

Fall; Spring; Summer

Family Law; Judicial Clerkships

Legal Research & Analysis; Oral Advocacy

Work Description


Externship Description:

The Domestic Court Externship Program gives law students practical experience needed for success in the profession. Students will be assigned to assist one or more Family Court Judges in District Court. Students will have the opportunity to observe domestic trials and hearings handled by seasoned domestic law attorneys and pro se litigants, research legal issues, learn filing and service procedures, and assist the judge with the preparation of court orders. Students will also work with the case coordinators or the deputy clerks during calendar call to prepare AOC and local Domestic forms. Students will become familiar with a variety of legal issues including domestic violence, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, alimony, and criminal and civil contempt.


* Student must be a 2L or 3L;

* Student must be taking or have completed a basic Family Law course;

* Student must be available at least two days per week; and

* Student must be self-motivated, professional, and have superior writing skills.

During the externship, the extern will not be permitted to intern or volunteer with or be employed by any law firm that appears in Wake County District Court without express permission from the supervising Judges.

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