Syracuse University College of Law strongly encourages students and alumni to consider judicial clerkships because these positions offer a close study of litigation, dispute resolution, and civic engagement. Moreover, many law clerks develop meaningful professional relationships with the judges for whom they clerk.
The Judicial Clerkship Program prepares students for the work they will perform as judicial clerks. Students and alumni have secured clerkships at a number of federal and state courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and courts of last resort, appellate courts, and trial courts in states throughout the country.
, Associate Director of the Office of Career Services, assists students applying for clerkships. Students begin by registering their interest in clerkships on Symplicity
. The faculty also assists students in applying and preparing for clerkships. For example, the Honorable James E. Baker, Professor Andrew Kim, and Teaching Professor Aliza Milner serve on the faculty’s Judicial Clerkship Committee. And Professor Milner teaches Legal Communication and Research III: Writing for Trial and Appellate Judges, in which students study and practice the work that law clerks produce in chambers. The College of Law faculty includes current and former judges and former clerks for state, federal, and international courts.
Throughout the school year, the Office of Career Services hosts events to introduce students to clerkships and explain the application process. The College of Law also regularly hosts judges and court commentators for special events through, for example, the Institute for the Judiciary, Politics and the Media
, the Supreme Court Preview
, and the Advocacy Program
. Judges also visit classes, allowing students to learn directly from them. Many students who are interested in post-graduate clerkships also participate in the College’s Externship Program