Career Development, Legal Education, Public Interest / Pro Bono
4 Year Degree
Cornell Law School seeks a Director of Judicial Clerkships to oversee the clerkship process for students and alumni applying to federal and state courts. The Director is responsible for the following:
Delivering comprehensive career advising to students and alumni interested in pursuing post-graduate clerkships with state and federal judges.
Enhancing clerkship opportunities through personal interactions with judges, former clerks, and faculty, as well as networking with peer schools and colleagues nationwide.
Supervising on-campus and virtual events featuring state and federal judges.
Developing and presenting programs to educate candidates on employment opportunities with the judiciary.
Managing the clerkship recommendation letter process by editing letters, corresponding with recommendation writers, and overseeing an administrative assistant’s work in support of this process.
Developing electronic resources including weekly eNewsletter and website content.
Serving on the Law School Clerkship Committee.
As part of the Student Services Initiative, the Director also works with colleagues in JD student advising offices to coordinate career-development efforts, programming, and student support strategies.
To be considered, please submit both a cover letter and a resume. Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 15, 2021.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience, or equivalent professional experience in higher education administration or legal practice.
Creativity and initiative important to developing new programming and enhancing existing offerings.
Organizational and analytical skills essential to capturing and evaluating statistical data.
Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
Ability to maintain tact under pressure.
Related Skills and Knowledge Desired:
Prior service as a judicial law clerk highly desired.
Comprehensive understanding of the judicial-clerkship hiring process as well as career-counseling skills to assist clerkship applicants.
Leadership or engaged membership in NALP or similar industry organizations.
Experience in and knowledge of legal professional development programming.
Excel, Qualtrics, and web-content editing skills.
Internal Number: WDR-00022653
About Cornell Law School
Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for over 100 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has approximately 40 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.
Cornell University i...s an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.
We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.