New York University School of Law has a very successful judicial clerkship program. Each year more than 130 NYU School of Law graduates work as judicial clerks. Some graduates obtain clerkships during their 3L year and, in keeping with recent hiring preferences of judges, some obtain clerkships after working for a year or more. The last two academic years have been very successful judicial clerkship seasons for NYU Law: more than 250 students and alumni secured clerkships, 72 of which were with federal appellate judges.

During the fall 2015 clerkship term, 140 NYU alumni are clerking: 39 are clerking on the federal Courts of Appeals, including four on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and ten on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition, three alumni are clerking for state Supreme Court justices and two are clerking on the Delaware Court of Chancery, the nation’s preeminent forum for resolving business disputes. Since the October Term 2006, 13 NYU graduates have clerked on the US Supreme Court, and many JD and LLM graduates have clerked on the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Where NYU Alums Clerk: Locations of Clerkships

Map showing locations of accepted clerkships: 2011-2015


Clerkship Application Process

To assist students and alumni with the application process, the Judicial Clerkship Office (JCO) publishes a Judicial Clerkship Handbook which thoroughly details the value of a clerkship, where to clerk, how to apply, when to apply, etc. (see table of contents). In addition, the JCO publishes an Appendix to the Handbook which lists all past, current, and future NYU clerks of active judges, along with the contact information for the clerks. Most importantly, the JCO offers individualized counseling with our dedicated clerkship career counselor Michelle Cherande ’97.

NYU students and alumni can access the Judicial Clerkship Handbook and Appendices, as well as other valuable resources, by logging on to your Career Services Manager (CSM) account and clicking the “Clerkships” top link. You must complete the registration form before you can access the materials. If you do not have a CSM account, you can register for an account on the student/alum login page.

Judicial Clerkship Office

245 Sullivan Street, Suite 430
New York, NY 10012-1301
Phone: (212) 998-6090
Fax: (212) 995-4076

Full-time Administrators
Michelle Cherande ’97, Director
Jim Nesbitt, Assistant Director