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 Office provides support and guidance to both current students and alumni who are interested in pursuing clerkships. The Clerkship Office sponsors educational programs, provides group and individual counseling, and assists students with the application process. The office is headed by Anne Green, Columbia Law School's Director of Judicial Programming & Academic Counseling. The mailing address is: Columbia Law School, Clerkship Office, 435 W. 116 St., Box B-25, New York, NY 10027.
- In 2012, Columbia students and alumni began 93 judicial clerkships, including two at the U.S. Supreme Court, 33 at U.S. Courts of Appeals, 52 at U.S. District Courts, and 6 at state and specialized courts.
- In 2013, Columbia students and alumni began 95 judicial clerkships, including one at the U.S. Supreme Court, 37 at U.S. Courts of Appeals, 49 at U.S. District Courts, and 8 at state and specialized courts.
- These numbers include students from various graduating classes and some students hold two clerkships apiece. But to give a sense of scale, Columbia Law School typically has approximately 436 May graduates per year.
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Clerkship Highlight of the Week
Judge Jerome A. Holmes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is hiring for the 2016 term and is interested in candidates with a "very strong work ethic and good character," and "prefers demonstrated interest in service to the profession and the public." (October 7, 2014)