For-credit placements are available with the Judicial Service of Ghana and require a minimum of 5 weeks (200 hours) and participation in weekly seminar. These placements begin on Monday, June 1 and end Friday, July 3 at the earliest. For-credit placements are available throughout the Ghanaian court system: Interns are assigned to individual justices and judges of the Supreme Court of Ghana, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court of Justice (which includes several specialized divisions, such as Human Rights, Land, Tax, and Commercial Court). Intern responsibilities are similar to those one would have as a judicial clerk in the United States and generally include conducting legal research, observing court proceedings, and drafting addresses and opinions.
Placements are also available for students who do not take an internship for credit. Non-credit interns may apply for the same Judicial Service placements as are available under the for-credit program, although for-credit students receive priority. Non-credit internships are also available outside of the judicial service, with leading law firms, government commissions, and non-governmental organizations. As with the for-credit placements, it may be possible to arrange for a longer internship than the minimum 5-weeks required. Students interested in non-JSG placements should contact the Executive Director as soon as possible to discuss possible options.
Due to the highly competitive nature of placement, we require a minimum 3.0 GPA for internship placement.
INTERNSHIP ARRANGEMENTS AND ACCOMMODATIONS
Students staying on for internships have the option of extending their accommodations in the Executive Hostel for the duration of their stay. Accommodation for the length of the five-week internship session will be an additional $2050 for a single room or $1500 per student for a shared double, if another student wishing to share is available.