Clerkships

Help Shape Judicial Decisions

We rank as a top school for judicial clerkship placement. Over the past five years, 170 BC Law students and alumni have secured clerkships at both the federal and state levels.

Our graduates work closely with judges—researching, drafting memoranda, and providing critical assistance determining cases while gaining invaluable insights and skills.

Former Dean and current J. Donald Monan, S.J., University Professor Daniel R. Coquillette leads our clerkship efforts with the Clerkship Committee. He currently works with federal judges across the US as Reporter to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Judicial Conference, the federal courts’ national policy-making body. He previously served as clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.

In addition to one-on-one clerkship counseling, our Career Services Office offers a comprehensive training series with five annual clerkship programs. Students hear from, and network with, former and current law clerks, prominent faculty, and federal and state judges—many of them BC Law graduates who regularly hire our graduates. Faculty members of the Clerkship Committee also work closely with students in the clerkship application process.

 

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SCOTUS Clerkship

James Dowden '00, a partner at Ropes & Gray, clerked for SCOTUS Justice Stephen Bryer. 

Clerkships by region - past five years


Graph of clerkships by region

7.5%

 

of those employed from the Class of 2016 landed judicial clerkships

Wanted: Seasoned Lawyers for Clerkships

Sam Gottstein ’15 learned set his sights on clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court in Fairbanks.
 

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