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Judicial Clerkships

While students frequently apply for clerkships with state or federal courts or international tribunals while they are at YLS, these opportunities are equally available to alumni. Indeed, a number of these clerkships are obtained by YLS alumni each year.

There are several reasons to pursue a clerkship post-graduation. For some alumni, a clerkship can provide a way of strengthening and rounding out lawyering knowledge and skills. For other alumni, a clerkship can assist with a transition to a different sort of job or career path, or with a permanent or temporary geographic relocation. Some alumni who have experienced the court system through practice welcome the opportunity to see how decision-making works within chambers, as well as to work as arbiters rather than advocates for some period of time.

YLS graduates should not limit themselves in their considerations of pursuing judicial clerkships, and should be aware that judges are regularly open to hiring individuals who are several years out of law school. In fact, a number of judges prefer, and some require, one or more years of post-graduate experience.

Alumni interested in pursuing judicial clerkships are encouraged to refer to the resources listed below. In addition, contact CDO at cdo.law@yale.edu or 203-432-1676 to gain access to password-protected clerkship information, including several useful databases, to obtain login instructions for YLS versions of publications, and to set up a counseling appointment.

Judicial Clerkships in the U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court Clerkships – YLS version

Opportunities with International Tribunals and Foreign Courts

Vermont Guide to State Court Clerkships