**In 2019 Fordham Law launched the Center on Judicial Events & Clerkships (CJEC) as a distinct and separate center from the Career Planning Center.**
The Fordham CJEC has two intertwined mandates: engaging the judiciary and supporting our clerkship applicants. We develop innovative ways to engage with members of the judiciary to enrich the life of the School, such as through our Courts in Residence and Jurist in Residence initiatives. At our core we provide comprehensive support to our students and alumni pursuing clerkships, from strategy to application materials to interviewing.
In terms of judicial clerkship support:
Support to Create Your Best Clerkship Candidacy
The CJEC oversees the Clerkship Platform and works collaboratively with dedicated members of our faculty who are part of our Faculty Clerkship Committee. We provide support that includes:
- one-on-one strategic clerkship counseling sessions
- application material review and critique
- communication regarding application timing and processes
- mock interview support
- guidance before a clerkship interview
Judicial Relationships: The relationships that the CJEC fosters with judges on the federal and state courts strengthen our clerkship opportunities.
- Results: In the five-year period between 2014-2019, in any given term, Fordham Law has had between 45 and 55 judicial clerks at both the federal and state levels. During this time, federal courts represented have included the Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Federal circuits, the Southern and Eastern districts of New York, as well as many other federal district courts. State court clerkships during this time have primarily included New York and New Jersey. Over the last several years, the clerkship hiring landscape has seen two significant changes:
- Clerkship applicants secure their clerkship for a term one or two years out from graduation.
- An increase in the number of clerkships obtained by alumni following a few years of practice.
Our Alumni Clerk Network: The CJEC cultivates a robust alumni clerk network by continuing to provide support to our clerks in their post-clerkship employment, whether that path leads to prosecutors offices, public defenders, white collar boutiques or elsewhere.
Our Key Judicial Clerkship Guides
We constantly monitor trends within the courts and engage in direct outreach to provide clerkship applicants vital and current information regarding clerkship opportunities, application processes, and deadlines. We take great care in our clerkship-related handbooks and guides, which are updated annually and include The Judicial Clerkship Handbook and State Court Clerkships in the Tri-State Area.
Key Judicial Clerkship Resources
We have also developed unique and proprietary resources, leveraging the Fordham Law School alumni network, to assist aspiring clerks.
- List of Fordham Law Alumni Judges at the Federal and State court levels
- Database of Fordham Law Alumni who are or were clerks on State and Federal courts over the past 10 years
- Proprietary FLS Clerkship Interview Feedback
Judicial Center Events
We host programs designed not only to educate and assist you with the clerkship process (such as Clerkship Informational Workshops) but we also host events designed to enable you to network with judges, faculty, and current/former clerks. Check out our upcoming events!
All of this combines to create a judicial center that is uniquely positioned to enhance opportunities for our students and alumni.
Visit the Fordham CJEC to learn more!