Judicial Clerkship Office (JCO)

Judicial Clerkships

To hear more from graduates who clerked, visit the NYU Law YouTube channel.

NYU Law has a very successful judicial clerkship program. Each year, on average, more than 130 NYU School of Law graduates work as judicial clerks.

Many students obtain clerkships during law school and, in keeping with recent hiring preferences of judges, many obtain clerkships after working for a year or more. During the past five academic years, NYU students and graduates accepted more than 550 clerkships, 160 of which were with judges on the federal Courts of Appeals, including 80 on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Second Circuit, and the Ninth Circuit. During the current term, 13 NYU graduates are clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Second Circuit, and the Ninth Circuit, and during the 2019 term, 17 NYU graduates will be clerking on these Circuits. In addition, since 2008, 19 NYU graduates have clerked or secured clerkships on the US Supreme Court, and many JD and LLM graduates have clerked on the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

For more information about what distinguishes NYU’s JCO, you can listen to Alok Nadig '16 discuss how the JCO helped him secure clerkships on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Where NYU Alums Clerk: Locations of Clerkships

Locations of NYU Law Clerkships: 2010-2016


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 into your CSM/Symplicity account and clicking the “Clerkships” tab. You must complete the registration form before you can access the database of judges and the JCO materials. If you do not have a CSM account, you can register for an account on the right-hand side of the student/alum login page.