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. Our clerkship team includes Jordana Confino, Assistant Director of Academic Counseling, and Justine Ramos and George Kusserow, Program Coordinators for Clerkships. Several alumni clerkship advisors are also available to students (see below for more information). 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.
In 2017, Columbia students and alumni began 105 judicial clerkships, including 2 at the U.S. Supreme Court, 39 at U.S. Courts of Appeals, 57 at U.S. District Courts, and 7 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.
Jordana Confino, Elizabeth Cruikshank '15 and Miguel Gradilla '14 are available for individual clerkship advising appointments with students and graduates. To make an appointment, please visit Symplicity. Their bios are available at the bottom of this page.
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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For more information on Columbia Law School’s clerkship program, please contact:
Program Coordinator for Clerkships
Office: Big Warren 807 Cubicle
Clerkship Advisor Bios:
Jordana Confino is an Assistant Director of Academic Counseling in the Office of Student Services. Jordana attended Yale Law School where she was a member of the Yale Law Journal. After law school she clerked for Judge Paul Engelmayer, U.S. District Court, SDNY and Judge Robert D. Sack, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She joined Columbia Law School in 2017.
Elizabeth Cruikshank '15 recently completed a clerkship with Judge Jesse M. Furman, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following graduation, she was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, after which she clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While a student at Columbia, Elizabeth worked for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and served as the Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
Miguel Gradilla '14 recently completed a clerkship with Judge Mary H. Murguia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following graduation Miguel was an associate at Cooley LLP in San Francisco, after which he clerked for Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. While a student at Columbia, Miguel worked with the ACLU of Southern California, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and for Judge Raymond J. Lohier, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.