Student Information

Student Name

Cristina Acosta




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Supreme Court of the State of New York

Mentor(s):Judge Rolando T. Acosta

Topic of Internship

Civil Law

Background Information

The courts of New York have played a huge role in guiding the Empire State through legal issues that have been raised throughout history. All of the branches of the courts stem from Article III of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution lift to Congress and the Justices of the courts to decide how the Judicial Branch of government would operate. The Judiciary Act of 1789 led to the Supreme Court’s division into different circuits. The Civil Branch of Supreme Court handle everything except criminal cases such as cases involving housing, torts, contracts, commercial transactions, and much more. Civil law takes over 90 % of the cases that take place. Most of the disputes that people come across daily are brought to the Civil Branch of the Supreme Court. The Civil Court plays a huge role in the Justice System and is very much respected.

Summary of Internship

I did my internship at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, NY County. I interned in the Civil Branch-Part 61. My mentor was Judge Rolando T. Acosta. I learned many things while interning at the Supreme Court. I was given the chance to learn more about the law and how the civil court works. I was able to see what kinds of cases are considered civil and not criminal. I had a hands on experience that showed me the process that takes place to come to a decision on many important cases in the State of New York. I was able to watch the Judge in action, whether on the bench or inside his behind the scenes. I worked with the Judge’s two court attorneys. I read through cases and was even able to write my own decision on a case. I had some very useful and interesting experiences while interning at the Supreme Court of the State of New York. If given the chance to do it over, I would not change a thing because being given the opportunity to see how these cases are handled and how important they are was the best experience in the world.

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