Judicial Fellows Program


Recruitment & Selection Schedule

Friday, April 27 – Application Deadline & Timed-Writing Exercise

Friday, May 18 – Panel Interviews

Email Julia O’Hanlon at jusmith@udel.edu to schedule your writing exercise and panel interview.

The Judicial Fellows Program provides full-time graduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience working closely with Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) administrators and staff for the State of Delaware.

Judicial Fellows observe the court-management process, perform court-related research, offer technical support to judicial committees and subcommittees, and contribute to written reports and data analysis for the Judicial Branch’s strategic planning efforts.

For the Judiciary, the program provides students who are committed to researching best practices and assisting the administrative staff to achieve process improvement.

Program Highlights

  • Judicial Fellows work under direct supervision of AOC staff.

  • Fellows make important contacts with presiding judges and court administrators.

  • Fellows work 20 hours/week in the AOC from September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019.

  • Fellows are paid a stipend and their travel to Wilmington is provided by vanpool. Fellows take a three-credit seminar, State Government: Management
    and Policy
    , as part of the program.


Recruitment will be conducted through University-wide outreach to departments and offices whose graduate students possess strong backgrounds and interest in public administration and policy, urban affairs, business administration, economics, legal studies, and political science.

International students are not eligible to apply due to visa regulations.


Judicial Fellows will be competitively selected through an application and panel interview process.
Fellows will be selected based on the research skills, interests, and personal attributes needed to succeed in the Administrative Office of the Courts.


The Judicial Fellows Program is a partnership between the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

Contact Us

Questions? Email Program Managers Julia O’Hanlon at jusmith@udel.edu or Lisa Moreland at lisamk@udel.edu.