Chief Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak, Eastern District of New York

Judge Pollak is the Chief United States Magistrate Judge sitting in the Eastern District of New York, in the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse. Chambers consists of the Judge, one Judicial Assistant, and two law clerks, with whom the interns work most closely. As a Magistrate Judge, Judge Pollak is assigned to a wide array of civil cases, ranging from personal injury lawsuits, to employment discrimination cases, to habeas corpus petitions. She also takes guilty pleas in criminal matters pending before a District Judge, and when assigned to criminal duty, handles arraignments and the approval of search and arrest warrants. Interns in the past have worked on a wide array of cases, helping the chambers with all aspects of its work.

City/State

Brooklyn, NY

Internship Description

The assignments that the interns will work on will depend on the case load that chambers is handling upon their arrival. The assignments will mostly involve legal research and writing. The interns prepare either legal memoranda, analyzing the legal issues in the case and recommending the proper disposition of the motion based on case law, or the first drafts of opinions of the court. Interns in the past have had the opportunity to attend hearings, conferences, guilty pleas, and trials in the courthouse. The interns will be exposed to all that goes on in chambers and will have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of legal issues and to witness the inner workings of the legal system.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

The students will have to find their own housing for the duration of the internship. Short-term leases or sublets are ubiquitous in New York City and several local colleges lease space in their dormitories over the summer. The Judge's law clerks are happy to discuss securing housing (useful websites and good neighborhoods, etc.) with interns before their internships begin.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate have:

  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Be extremely organized and detail-oriented.

Additional or preferred qualifications:

  • An interest in law is preferable.

Writing Sample Required

  • 5 to 10 pages double spaced on any topic of the candidate's choosing.

Special Requirements

  • Fingerprinting