Director of Judicial Clerkships

Posted: September 28, 2021

Yale Law School
New Haven, CT

Summary of Position

Yale Law School

Career Development Office

Director, Judicial Clerkships

Requisition Number: 67284BR

Position Focus

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of the Career Development Office and working in cooperation with the management team of CDO, the Director of Judicial Clerkships provides comprehensive career counseling, programs, and resources to Yale Law School students and alumni exploring judicial clerkships. In addition, the Director of Judicial Clerkships actively participates in office-wide non-clerkship programs and projects, including serving as a designated career counselor to a cohort of each first-year JD class.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Counsel and advise students and alumni on all aspects of preparation for and pursuit of professional opportunities and roles, with a focus on judicial clerkships.
  • Develop and present programs to educate and encourage students in the exploration of a wide variety of clerkship opportunities.
  • Research and write resource guides, web content, and reports to facilitate the exploration of clerkships.
  • Collect, analyze, and disseminate data on judicial clerkships, including application and award data and alumni clerks in chambers for the Dean, Clerkship Committee, and candidates.
  • Serve as expert in the use of the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”).
  • Develop and maintain contacts with judicial clerks to facilitate mentoring, programs, and career assistance, including surveying clerks about their clerkship experiences and their post-clerkship employment plans.
  • Collaborate with the faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee in monitoring the clerkship process; developing policies, procedures, and information resources for faculty and applicants; and providing guidance to applicants.
  • Coordinate with faculty and faculty assistants to ensure the timely submission of faculty letters of recommendation to judicial chambers.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with judicial chambers and judges, along with judicial organizations, to discuss hiring practices and trends, enhance clerkship opportunities for YLS candidates, support resources and programming, and explore policy initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with national and regional professional organizations, including the AALS, NALP, and the ABA to represent Yale Law School, formulate policies, and present and enhance programming and services relating to judicial clerkships.
  • Supervise CDO staff and collaborate with other law school departments to maintain and enhance clerkship application administration.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties

1. Counsels and advises students and alumni on all aspects of preparation for and pursuit of professional opportunities and roles. 2. Develops and maintains contacts with graduates to facilitate mentoring, programs, and career assistance. 3. Creates and presents programs, workshops and panels on the job search process to educate and encourage alumni and students in the pursuit of professional roles. 4. Establishes and maintains contacts with regional, national, and international employers to assess job opportunities for alumni and students, and to foster professional development opportunities. 5. Researches and writes professional on-line and print publications, resource guides and reports. 6. Reviews and implements technology to enhance programs, counseling, outreach and collection/retention of information. 7. Collaborates with faculty, departments, committees and centers to promote professional opportunities and programs. 8. Collaborates with other departments within Yale University to expand counseling, programming and resources for students and alumni. 9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

JD degree and five years of relevant legal, legal education or legal recruiting experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior judicial clerkship experience strongly preferred. Prior experience in law school career counseling or other academic administration preferred.

Required Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, in both verbal and written form.
  • Excellent organizational, planning and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work independently, use good judgment, and manage people and projects.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and report on complex data sets.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies including students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and judges.
  • Ability to handle stressful, challenging, and complex situations and provide thoughtful, informed, and institutionally-aligned responses.

To Apply

Submit applications online at: (search for job number 67284BR). For further information, please contact Naomi Erwich, Director of Recruitment and Administration, Career Development Office at Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

How to Apply

Submit applications online at: (search for job number 67284BR). For further information, please contact Naomi Erwich, Director of Recruitment and Administration, Career Development Office at Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.