Probate Court

Student Interns

The Kalamazoo County Probate Court provides a variety of opportunities for law students to gain valuable experience that complements the classroom education. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual with a passion for legal problem-solving. The hours are flexible and would depend on your schedule.


  • Research legal issues surrounding estates, trusts, guardianships, mental health, juvenile justice and other matters as assigned.
  • Draft and review opinions and orders.
  • Draft memoranda to navigate the Probate Court through the current legal landscape.
  • Collaborate on statewide mental health issues.
  • Work in close conjunction with the Probate Judge on a broad range of legal matters.
  • Maintain highest level of confidentiality.


  • Our ideal candidate will be curious, detail-oriented, and hardworking.
  • Must have completed at least one year of law school from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Excellent analytical ability and legal drafting skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to research and learn new concepts and legal issues quickly to facilitate problem solving.

General Information

  • There is no monetary compensation for student internships, but internships provide valuable experience that may give a student an edge in obtaining a job in their field of choice.
  • A student should be able to commit to 12-15 hours per week during daytime hours for 10-12 weeks.
  • During an internship, a student can expect to get a good overview of Probate Court operations with emphasis on the areas chosen and assist the Court with special projects. A program will be designed to equally benefit the Court and the student.
  • To be an intern with the Probate Court, the student must sign the Student Intern/Volunteer Agreement, indicating his/her understanding that there will be no monetary compensation for internship work in the Probate Court and that the student is not employed as a sworn officer of the court.
  • The student intern must respect and follow the confidentiality practices of the court.
  • A student intern will be assigned to a supervisor or judge. The student will report to the supervisor or judge upon each day's arrival and departure. The supervisor or judge will assign and monitor the required project and will provide direction on completion of other internship requirements as well as arrange a program to meet the student's interests. If a student is unable to report at the expected date/time, the student must contact the assigned supervisor or judge to advise of unavailability and the reason for the absence.
  • Casual business attire or better is expected. If a student is interning for a judge, the judge may require professional business attire, especially if the student is participating in courtroom proceedings or assisting with a jury.

Contact Information

If interested in serving as a student intern for the Kalamazoo County Probate Court, send a letter of interest, (including information on areas of interest), an unofficial transcript, and a resume to:

Probate Court Judicial Aide

Kara Gates
(269) 383-8669

Parking for Student Interns

  • Gull Road Justice Complex - 1536 Gull Road, 49048: Free parking is available off of Gull road in front of the courthouse except for designated parking spots. Once the intern has their badge, parking is available behind the courthouse in a gated lot.