International Court of Justice Clerkship Program

New York University School of Law was the first American law school to initiate a clerkship program with the International Court of Justice in 2000. Now maintained under the auspices of the Hauser Global Law School Program, this clerkship is an opportunity to work for nine months in The Hague, and is awarded to few of the most outstanding legal scholars worldwide. Each year, NYU Law selects current students or alumni based on their applications to receive the professional honor.

NYU Law has sponsored more than 20 of our graduates to work as clerks at the International Court of Justice in recent years.

Application Instructions

The clerkship program is open to all graduates of NYU Law (including those who will graduate in the spring semester preceding the clerkship.) The clerkship runs for nine months from September 2013 to May 2014. The clerkship opportunity carries with it a stipend which helps support the cost of living in The Hague.

Clerkship experience and familiarity with international law are two important factors in the selection process. Applicants must be proficient in both English and French. While not required for application to the clerkship program, candidates should be prepared to supply a writing sample upon the request of the selection committee.

The deadline for submission of complete applications is February 1, 2013.

All applications must include the following materials:

1. Letter of Interest
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Official Academic records/transcript from all law schools attended
4. Two letters of academic or professional recommendation (preferably from individuals who may be able to speak to their credentials in the field of International Law)
5. Writing Sample- Candidates should submit work that has been submitted for publication or other work of publishable quality. Writing sample should not exceed 15 pages.

All interested candidates should submit their complete application to the Public Interest Law Center, 245 Sullivan Street, Suite 430, New York, NY 10012. Additionally, candidates may submit electronic portions of their application by email to