International Post-Graduate Clerkships
Columbia Law School invites students and alumni to submit applications for two prestigious post-graduate opportunities – the Parker Fellowship at the International Court of Justice and the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program. It also provides a reference guide to other, similar opportunities with foreign courts, international tribunals and international organization. For additional information, please contact the Office of International Programs at [email protected].
International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands
Columbia Law School has for many years successfully placed recent graduates in the ICJ’s prestigious 9-month “traineeship” program. Trainees assist members of the court in their tasks, including inter alia, carrying out research, preparing case files and drafting various types of documents.
Columbia Law School nominates students for the traineeship, but the ICJ makes the final decision whether or not to invite a student to participate in the traineeship. There is no guarantee in any given year that the ICJ will select a student from Columbia Law School. Students who are selected by the ICJ will receive the title of “Parker Fellow” from the Law School, in recognition of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, and receive an award of approximately $40,000 to cover expenses related to the traineeship.
Dean Acheson Legal Stage
The Dean Acheson Legal Stage program promotes mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union. It places recent U.S. law graduates as stagiaires (clerks) at the European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union. Candidates are nominated by Columbia, and then presented by the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg for consideration by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The positions are unpaid, and last for up to three months during either the Fall or the Spring.
Guide to International Post-Graduate Clerkships
This guide is meant to serve as an initial reference for Columbia Law School students exploring the options for a temporary, post-graduate clerkship or similar position with a foreign court, international tribunal or international organization. It is not meant to be exhaustive, either with regard to any particular position or the organizations where such positions may be available. It has been drawn from the listed entities’ websites, and periodically revised as new information becomes available.