In an unprecedented feat, four students of the Jindal Global Law School have been selected for a 6 week Judicial Clerkship Programme in the Supreme Court of Hawaii in the US.
Out of the four students selected for the internship, three students - Aparajita Sheel, Ishnoor Saini, and Swarnim Swasti are fourth year students, while Avni Choudhary has been fortunate to get this opportunity in her third year of BA LLB.
The Summer Judicial Clerkship Programme hosted by the Supreme Court of Hawaii is conducted in collaboration with the Jindal Global Law School and is supported by the University Of Hawaii William S. Richardson School Of Law.
Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean, Jindal Global Law School was quoted as saying, “The Summer Clerkship Programme at the Supreme Court of Hawaii is a wonderful opportunity for the students of Jindal Global Law School for gaining a strong grounding in the US law including substantive and procedural law. This programme aims to promote global legal education. It also gives our students training and perspectives in the working of the US court system, which will sharpen their legal and analytical skills as well as their writing abilities in the context of the globalisation of the legal profession"
The programme took roots during the visit of Justice Michael Wilson, Judge, Supreme Court of Hawaii during his visit to the Jindal Global Law School in March 2015. This was further discussed with the Chief Justice and other judges of the Supreme Court of Hawaii and approved by the court.
Commenting on the opportunity, Justice Michael Wilson, Judge, Supreme Court of Hawaii, said, "This is a landmark initiative in which we are able to host the outstanding students of Jindal Global Law School at the Supreme Court of Hawaii. This will pave way for dialogue and interaction among the law students in the USA and India. The Chief Justice and the judges of our court are delighted to have this opportunity."
Swarnim Swasti, shared her experience on the clerkship at the Supreme Court of Hawaii, Honolulu, saying, “This internship has had a truly transforming impact on our lives. It has been an enriching and educative journey for each one of us. It has provided us the opportunity to work with the Judges of the Supreme Court of Hawaii which is not only a great honor but also a matter of great pride for us along with our university.”
The internship has helped Aparajita Sheel understand the US legal system better. She was quoted as saying, “We clerked for Justice Richard W. Pollack, Justice Sabrina McKenna, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Justice Michael Wilson. The work culture at the Supreme Court has helped us to understand and reflect upon the US legal system and to acknowledge the nuanced differences in the legal systems between two of the world’s biggest democracies.”
The Deputy Director of Career Development & Placement Division at Jindal Global Law School, Anuranjan Sethi said, “The students’ selection for the internship was done on the basis of academic excellence, proven interest in the area of environment law, and strong written and oral communication skills.”