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The Judicial Youth Corps (JYC) Program is an intensive educational spring and summer internship that teaches high school students about the Massachusetts court system and rule of law. Students are taught and mentored by judges, lawyers, clerks, probation officers and other court personnel who volunteer their time in educational sessions or as work supervisors. Students participate in a mock trial, field trips, group discussions, and much more. The JYC program, run out of the Supreme Judicial Court's Public Information Office, offers two sessions in the spring and summer. Students who are accepted into the program must attend both sessions. The application period for 2017 closed on Monday, March 20, 2017.
There are two education components to the program. The weekly orientation sessions to introduce students to the courts and the law go from May until June. Students are required to attend the sessions each Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the John Adams Courthouse near Government Center in Boston. Led by a program supervisor and taught by volunteer judges, lawyers, and court employees, the sessions cover a wide range of topics including juvenile law, criminal procedure, family law, landlord-tenant disputes, the jury system, and the appellate process.
The second component is the summer internship portion, which goes from July though August. Students work in paid internships and are placed in courthouses throughout Suffolk County. They also attend paid educational sessions on Fridays.
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