Judicial Clerkships and Internships

The Law School's Clerkship Office assists students and alumni who are interested in pursuing post-graduate judicial clerkships.

Judicial Clerkships

Judicial clerkships provide important skills and experience for law students after graduation and are considered one of the most prestigious jobs for law school graduates. A judicial clerk works closely with the judge on a daily basis and assists with all aspects of handling his or her caseload. Law clerks usually spend one to two years doing rigorous, supervised legal writing and research, and develop the necessary skills for future judicial positions. For most judicial clerks, the clerkship will be their first full-time legal job following graduation. However, it is becoming more common for judges to hire law clerks who have been out of law school for a year or more.

GW Law students and alumni have a strong history of obtaining judicial clerkships, including with the United States Supreme Court. Each year approximately 10% of graduates go on to judicial clerkships, including federal, state, and specialized courts.  

 Over the last five years, GW Law has produced:

• 4 Supreme Court clerks

• 74 Federal Appellate Court clerks

• 32 State Supreme Court clerks

Judicial Internships

Judicial clerkships differ from judicial internships, which are part-time or full-time positions, for law student volunteers. Judicial internships provide an important opportunity to learn more about the judicial world before graduation. Often, judicial internships can lead to clerkships after graduation. GW Law students can usually receive academic credit for internships through the Field Placement program. Students interested in judicial internships should contact Field Placement to see if they meet certain requirements and to make arrangements in advance.  In recent years, approximately 100 first year law students intern for a judge over the summer. On average, about 20 GW students pursue judicial internships every semester.

The Clerkship Office

GW Law recognizes the importance of judicial clerkships to a student’s career. As competition for clerkships has increased in recent years, the law school has developed its resources to help students seeking a clerkship position. The clerkship office at GW Law has two full-time employees:

  • Sheila Driscoll, Director of Judicial Clerkships: 202.994.9250 or [email]
  • Kevin McClease, Judicial Clerkship Program Coordinator: 202.994.0741 or [email]

Sheila Driscoll provides strategic advice and assistance to students and alumni pursuing clerkships, including assessment, developing a targeted list of judges, choosing faculty recommenders, polishing resumes or cover letters, and preparing for interviews. Kevin McClease provides administrative support to students and alumni by preparing and mailing applications, and works with GW law faculty on letters of recommendation. He also assists individuals using the online system for applying to federal judges known as OSCAR. Their offices are located in B302 and B303 across from the Career Center.

If you’re a current student or alumnus seeking more detailed information, please log onto the Portal and select Clerkship Department (students) or Clerkship Information (alumni).

 


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