Judicial Branch
Experiential Learning Program

Job Shadow Program

Description of Programs

Virtual Job Shadow Program
High school students will be invited to attend a live and interactive informational session on Judicial Branch careers with a special presentation from a Supreme Court justice.

On-site Job Shadow Program offered in May
The Job Shadow Program is designed to provide an opportunity for high school students to explore career interests and vocational skills by "shadowing" a Judicial Branch employee during a workday. Students are matched with a mentor at a location as near as possible to their school. To allow students ample time to explore their areas of interest and receive one-on-one instruction, we are accepting one student for each position wherever possible. Applications will be accepted from April 1 to April 26, 2024.

Enrollment Process for On-Site Job Shadow Program

Only a high school official or faculty member may complete the Enrollment Form and return it to the External Affairs Division at External.Affairs@jud.ct.gov.

Job Shadow Placement Opportunities

Please note that placements vary by location and availability.

Adult Probation Officer

Responsible for conducting pre-sentence investigations of referred cases and overseeing a caseload of clients referred by the court for supervision.

Assistant Clerk

Reviews, evaluates and processes a variety of files, motions, orders and judgments in civil, criminal, family and housing areas; monitors compliance with applicable statutes, case law and rules of court; schedules pre-trial and trial calendars; notifies involved parties of case status and court decisions; may review and schedule special proceedings; swears in witnesses and jurors, keeps lists of witnesses and exhibits, records dispositions and other orders of the court, prepares files for data entry or other administrative record keeping.

Bail Commissioner

A state appointed person who may set the amount of bond for persons detained at a police station prior to arraignment in court, who recommends to the court the amount of bond that should be set for the defendant.

Family Relations Counselor

In marital dissolution or separation cases, conducts comprehensive family evaluations involving disputed issues of child custody, visitation and family finances; prepares and presents oral and written evaluations including dispositional recommendations to the court, attorneys and families; when necessary, provides testimony to the court; may assist in conducting conjoint mediation sessions with parties to assist them in achieving mutually agreeable solutions to disputed issues; working with attorneys and clients, conducts pre-trial settlement conferences, analyzing complex family financial data and recommending equitable distribution of income and assets; develops and maintains relationships with community agencies to make appropriate referrals for services and to obtain necessary information; provides crises-intervention, on-going counseling and education services to clients; in criminal cases involving family violence, conducts assessments of dangerousness and recommends appropriate judicial action to ensure the safety of victims including protective orders.

Judicial Marshals

Marshals are responsible for safety and security in Judicial Branch facilities. They are also responsible for the transportation of prisoners to and from court.

Support Enforcement Officer

Monitors compliance with family support obligations; makes case assessments to determine appropriate actions to ensure compliance with court orders; negotiates informal agreements; initiates motions to the court such as contempt citations, wage withholding orders, non-support arrest warrants, support petitions and modifications; advises clients pursuant to support obligations; conducts pre-trial settlement conferences with clients and their attorneys in an attempt to resolve issues related to contempt actions; formulates dispositional options for the court; makes case presentations to the court representing the unit; develops supporting documentation relative to contested motions initiated by the Division; seeks alternative to court interventions by establishing support obligations through paternity acknowledgements and agreements to support.

Victim Services Advocate

Responsible for independently performing a full range of tasks including providing information and assistance to victims and witnesses of crimes and their families.

School Advisor Requirements

  • School advisors or guidance counselors will recommend students interested in participating in the Job Shadow Program;
  • Schools will provide students with transportation to and from the school and work place;
  • School advisor or guidance counselor will review the Judicial Branch Dress Code with each student enrolled;

Student Requirements

  • Students are expected to arrive on time at the designated location;
  • Students are expected to be engaged and respectful of court proceedings;
  • Students are required to abide by the Judicial Branch Dress Code;
  • Students are expected to adhere to all safety and security policies and procedures of the Judicial Branch.

Helpful Hints

  • Students should plan to arrive to the agreed upon courthouse or facility on time;
  • A job shadow mentor or staff person will meet and greet the student;
  • Students will be supervised by a workplace host at all times;
  • If a student will be participating in the program during the time that school lunches are served, a student should plan to bring a brown bag lunch on the day of the program.

Contact Information
Judicial Branch Experiential Learning Programs - Job Shadow
E-mail: external.affairs@jud.ct.gov