High School Fellowship Program

United States District Court for the District of Delaware

High School Fellowship Program

Brief Overview

The District Court’s High School Fellowship Program is a six-week program, beginning in June and ending in August of each year.  High school students selected to participate in the program work in chambers with Judges of the District Court and/or with other federal employees who work with the Court.  These Fellows also have the opportunity to observe District Court proceedings and meet leaders in the Delaware legal system.  The Fellows are paid a stipend of $350 per week, or $2,100 for the six-week program. 

Throughout the Fellows’ time in the program, lasting from late June until early August, they will gain first-hand experience working in a court system and a better understanding of the legal system as a whole. Also each high school student is paired with a mentor from a local law firm who they meet with regularly to discuss the legal system, the internship, and ask questions.

Eligibility

            Those eligible for the program are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who attend high school in New Castle County, Delaware.  All those interested must submit an application, along with their high school transcript, a letter of recommendation from either a teacher or other counselor at their school and proof of their citizenship status (a copy of their U.S. Passport, Social Security card, birth certificate, or green card). Applications are due no later than March 30, 2018.

            Finalists interview with a panel of judges and other Delaware legal professionals.  Fellows selected typically have strong leadership skills, have performed well academically and have demonstrated a commitment to community service.  Students with an interest in a future legal career may particularly benefit from the Fellowship, but having such an interest is not a prerequisite to application.      

Details and Events

            Throughout the summer, the Fellows work alongside judges in the District Court as well as other federal attorneys, helping them complete administrative tasks in their respective offices and chambers.  In addition to that, they also observe a number of court events in both civil and criminal cases.  In the past, Fellows received presentations from District Court Judges, a Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, a judge of the Delaware Superior Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges, a judge of the Delaware Family Court, the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware and other members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Public Defender for the District of Delaware and other members of the Office of the Federal Public Defender, the Clerk of the District Court and other members of the Clerk’s Office, the Chief United States Probation Officer and other members of the U.S. Probation Office, and members of the District of Delaware’s chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  Additionally, the Fellows toured the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, the offices of a large Delaware law firm, and the campuses of Wilmington University and the University of Delaware.

            The Program ends with a graduation and reception attended by the Fellows, their family members and friends, and other members of the District Court family.