Shadow Program

 Explore Careers in the Legal Field with the Judiciary Shadow Program!



The goal of the Shadow Program is to expose individuals to career opportunities in the legal field and to the skills and qualifications necessary for appointment. Program participants have an opportunity to observe court proceedings, and to shadow or to interview professionals in the Judiciary who are working in their area of interest.

Key features of the program include observing court proceedings, shadowing and/or interviewing professionals, and networking!

Available Departments in the Judiciary

  • Access to Justice Office - Sample responsibilities include enhancing access to justice for underserved communities in Rhode Island.
  • Clerk’s Office - Sample responsibilities include conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, and providing legal assistance on cases within the State of Rhode Island.
  • Community Outreach - Sample responsibilities include developing and implementing outreach programs to connect the Judiciary with local community organizations. This includes writing press releases, newsletters, and responding to data requests.
  • Diversity Office - Sample responsibilities include promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives within the Judiciary to ensure a fair and equitable workforce.
  • Employee Relations - Sample responsibilities include handling employee relations matters and supporting a positive work culture within the Judiciary.
  • Facilities and Operations - Sample responsibilities include facilities management, coordinating operational activities, and ensuring the smooth functioning of court facilities.
  • Finance and Budget - Sample responsibilities include managing budgetary matters, financial planning, and overseeing fiscal resources.
  • Interpreter Services - Sample responsibilities include coordinating language interpretation services to ensure effective communication in court proceedings.
  • Technology - Sample responsibilities include managing and implementing technology solutions, ensuring efficient case management, and courtroom technical operations.

Judicial Opportunities

Interested in being in the courtroom? Participants have the option to shadow a judicial officer to gain valuable insights into court proceedings and the legal process.

Custom Opportunities

Interested in something not listed? Please fill out the Shadow Program Application to create an opportunity tailored to your needs.

Eligibility and Program Details

  • The Shadow Program is available to high school and college students and recent graduates only.
  • This program is intended to be a one-time shadow session.
  • The program is not an internship or experiential opportunity.
  • Background checks may be required for some shadow sessions.
  • The Application form and paperwork must be completed prior to beginning the Shadow Program.​​


​Licht Judicial Complex
250 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
​(401) 222-8644