Columbia is among the small handful of law schools that consistently places its students in dozens of federal and state court clerkships, ranging from the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals to the state supreme courts and the chambers of federal magistrate judges.
The Clerkship Program provides support and guidance to both current students and alumni who are interested in pursuing clerkships. The Clerkship Program sponsors educational programs, provides group and individual counseling, and assists students with the application process. The program is headed by Victor Caldwell, Columbia Law School's Director of Clerkship Programs, and Courtney Woodards, Judicial Clerkships Program Coordinator. The mailing address is: Columbia Law School, Clerkship Office, 435 W. 116 St., Box B-26, New York, NY 10027.
- In 2015, Columbia students and alumni began 100 judicial clerkships, including 4 at the U.S. Supreme Court, 30 at U.S. Courts of Appeals, 57 at U.S. District Courts, and 9 at state and specialized courts.
- In 2016, Columbia students and alumni began 107 judicial clerkships, including 1 at the U.S. Supreme Court, 34 at U.S. Courts of Appeals, 60 at U.S. District Courts, and 12 at state and specialized courts.
These numbers include alumni from various graduating classes and some alumni clerk more than once.
We hope that you will use this page as a starting point for all aspects of your clerkship search. For a snapshot of how you might approach applying for clerkships, check out our Smart Steps to Clerkships handout. You should refer to the Clerkship Handbook, which contains substantive and procedural information regarding how to apply for clerkships, our historical clerk list and other useful material. For basic background and contact information of judges, use the Leadership Library, and refer to OSCAR and/or Symplicity for hiring information. See our FAQs (in the Useful Links and FAQs tab below) for answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.
To make a clerkship counseling appointment with Victor Caldwell, please do so via Symplicity.
The blog contains useful information about clerkships, such as judges’ hiring timelines, OSCAR postings, and information based upon phone calls that we and our peer schools make to judges’ chambers. (Current students can access with Lawnet authentication. Alums should contact the Clerkship Office.)
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