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CLERKSHIP OPPORTUNITIES at The New York State Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest Court, offers two different types of clerkship opportunities: law clerks to Judges of the Court or clerks with the Court's Central Legal Research Staff. Both Judges' and Central Staff clerks receive a salary plus State employment benefits. Judges' clerks who must travel also receive a travel and meal allowance while attending Court sessions in Albany.

Personal Law Clerks to Judges of the Court

Each Judge of the Court hires law clerks who work with the Judge in home Chambers and attend Court sessions in Albany (typically 40 or more days per year). Not all Judges hire clerks on a rotating or regular basis.

Each Judge sets individual deadlines and requirements for applications. Biographies of the Judges and information on their application requirements can be found here:

Judge

Home Chambers Location

Application Information

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore

New York City

Application information here

Associate Judge Jenny Rivera

New York City

Application information here

Associate Judge Leslie E. Stein

Albany

Application Information Here

Associate Judge Eugene M. Fahey

Buffalo

Not currently accepting applications

Associate Judge Michael J. Garcia

New York City

Application information here

Associate Judge Rowan D. Wilson

New York City

Application information here

Associate Judge Paul G. Feinman

New York City

Application information here

The Clerk's Office updates this information regularly, but cannot guarantee that posted positions remain available. Applications to the Judges of the Court should be addressed to: Court of Appeals Hall, 20 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207.

Clerks with the Court’s Central Legal Research Staff
The Court hires six attorneys each year as clerks with the Court’s Central Legal Research Staff.  A Central Staff clerkship is a two-year commitment.  Central Staff clerks work at Court of Appeals Hall in Albany and prepare reports on appeals and motions for leave to appeal under the direction of the Chief Court Attorney and Deputy Chief Court Attorney. Central Staff clerks also work on research projects as requested by the Judges or the Clerk of the Court. The clerkships begin in August and applications should be filed between July first and September 15th prior to the year in which employment is sought.

The application must contain a cover letter, current resume, an unofficial copy of the law school transcript, an unedited writing sample and a completed UCS-5 form. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to submit two letters of recommendation from law school professors in their initial application package (applicants who have been practicing law following receipt of a J.D. degree may submit letters from legal employers). Applicants who do not submit letters of recommendation in their initial package will be required to bring them to the Court, along with unofficial undergraduate and any graduate school transcripts, if selected for an interview. Interviews with prospective candidates are conducted during September and October in the year preceding the commencement of the clerkship.  Clerkship offers are usually made in early November.

Applications for Central Legal Research Staff clerkships should be addressed to: Margery Corbin Eddy, Chief Court Attorney, Court of Appeals Hall, 20 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207. 


The New York State Unified Court System is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy and gender identity or expression), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.