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Internship Process Information

Internship Applications

The field placement experience is required for students in the following programs:

Hard copies of the applications can also be obtained by visiting the Justice Studies Department.  It is imperative that students check their Montclair State email accounts for important updates and reminders regarding the application process.  PLEASE NOTE:  There are no exceptions to the application deadlines.

Purpose

The purpose of the Internship Program is to provide students with a direct experience in their concentrated area. The required capstone course takes a two-fold approach to the senior experience. The first approach is pragmatic, concerned with the integration of theory in practice as graduating seniors apply acquired knowledge to the work environment. The second approach is broader and based on the culmination of a course of study concerned with the application of social justice to contemporary issues. Class discussions include pertinent topics such as; ethical and professional responsibility, confidentiality, conflict resolution, resume writing and interviewing skills, professional affiliations and associations, organizational models and exploration of career options.

Eligibility & Pre-Requisite Requirements

All Justice Studies Majors must successfully complete the application process in order to receive permission to register for JUST497 Senior Seminar and Internship.  For students who anticipate registering for JUST497, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of JUST200/JUST205 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of JUST201/JUST204 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of JUST300 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completions of JUST310 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of six (6) concentration electives (which include the required concentration electives)
  • Students in the Justice Studies Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students in the Paralegal Studies Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students in the International Justice Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students must have senior status and submit the application by the designated deadline

All Paralegal Studies Minors and Post-BA Certificate students must meet the pre-requisite requirements in order to receive permission to register for PALG497 Paralegal Seminar and Internship.  For students who anticipate registering for PALG497, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of PALG210
  • Completion of PALG312 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of two (2) legal specialty courses
  • Students in the Paralegal Studies Minor must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall and in the minor
  • Students in the Post-BA Certificate program must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  • Students must submit the application by the designated deadline

Placement Process

The Internship Applications can be downloaded from the website.  Hard copies of the applications can also be obtained in person by visiting the Justice Studies Department.

Students must file their application and meet the eligibility requirements by the following DEADLINES:

March 1st for fall semester placement
February 15th for summer semester placement (for JUST497 only)
October 1st for spring semester placement

Justice Studies Majors must return their completed application to:
Ms. Brenda Sheehan, Department Administrator, in Dickson Hall, room 331

Paralegal Minors and Post-BA Certificate students must return their completed applications to:
Prof. Nicole A. Fackina, Paralegal Studies Program Director, in Dickson Hall, room 330

After filing the application, students must wait 5-7 business days before scheduling an appointment to discuss placement options.

PLEASE NOTE – LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 

Important Factors to Consider

  • Students are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible.
  • A prior arrest or conviction may exclude students from certain placements. Most internship sites require a background check. You must advise the Applied Learning Specialist, Professor Raguso, if you have a prior arrest, conviction or expungement.  Students who conceal this information jeopardize completion of the internship requirement and may prolong graduation.
  • Internships require 90 hours of fieldwork over the designated semester.
  • All self-placements must be approved by the Department.

Contacts:

  • Professor Nicole A. Fackina, Paralegal Studies Program Director, Dickson Hall Room 330.
    Phone: 973-655-7759 or email: fackinan@montclair.edu.
  • Professor Brenda Sheehan, Department Administrator, Dickson Hall Room 331.
    Phone: 973-655-7897 or email: sheehanbr@montclair.edu.