CORE: Career Opportunities, Recruiting & Events
CORE is the Career Center's platform for students and alumni to view job listings, participate in on-campus interview programs, RSVP for upcoming events, and schedule advising appointments. You must log into CORE using your GW Law email address and password. If you are having problems logging into CORE, please contact the Career Center.
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 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 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 three full-time employees:
- Julie McLaughlin, Associate Director for Judicial Clerkships (federal clerkships): 202.994.8594 or [email]
- Andrea Glosser, Assistant Director for Judicial Clerkships (state clerkships): 202.994.7033 or [email]
- Kevin McClease, Judicial Clerkship Program Coordinator: 202.994.0741 or [email]
Julie McLaughlin and Andrea Glosser provide 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 B310 inside 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).
Alumni Networking Opportunities
There are many opportunities for students to seek advice and network with the GW Law alumni community during their three years of study at GW Law. Starting with the opportunities for a 1L student, below are the program offerings to GW Law students:
Inns of Court
1L students are entered into the Inns of Court program which offers the 1L students’ support and guidance from a diverse set of advisors dedicated to enriching their law school experience and enhancing their career opportunities. 1L students are assigned to one of six Inns of Court, named after former Supreme Court Justices, and take all 1L classes with their Inn. For more information about the Inns of Court, please visit their webpage.
GW Law Alumni Mentoring Program
3L and 2L students have the opportunity to join the GW Law Alumni Mentoring Program. The program enables 3L and 2L students to communicate with alumni via the software program, MentorCloud. Based on information provided in a short onboarding form regarding legal practice areas of interest, geographic preferences, and undergraduate university or college, MentorCloud will match 3L and 2L students to alumni. 3L and 2L students can join the program by e-mailing his or her full name and e-mail address to [email protected].
3L students will have the opportunity of joining the GW Law Alumni Community, iModules. The introduction to iModules will give students online access to the GW Law alumni community. Students will familiarize themselves with iModules by attending a formal training session led by the GW Law Office of Alumni Relations and the Student Bar Association. More information with regard to this program will be posted shortly.