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Home Clerkship Opportunities

The Court of Appeals, the State's highest Court, offers two different types of clerkship opportunities, the first as a clerk with the Court's Central Legal Research Staff, and the second as a personal clerk to a Judge of the Court.

Each year, the Court hires five or six attorneys for two-year clerkships, beginning in August, on its Central Legal Research Staff. Central Staff clerks work in the Courthouse 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.

Applications for Central Staff clerkships should be filed between July first and September fifteenth prior to the year in which employment is sought, and should be addressed to:

Paul J. McGrath
Chief Court Attorney
Central Legal Research Staff
Court of Appeals Hall
20 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12207-1095
Telephone: (518) 455-7757

The application package for a Central Staff clerkship must contain a current resume, an unofficial copy of the law school transcript, and a writing sample (unedited, your own work). 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 from August through November in the year preceding the commencement of the clerkship. Clerkship offers are usually made by December 1.

Judges of the Court also employ personal law clerks. Each Judge's clerk works with the Judge in home chambers and attends Court sessions in Albany approximately 50 days per year. Each Judge hires his or her own clerks and sets his or her own deadlines and requirements for applications. If you are interested in this type of clerkship, you should contact directly the Judge or Judges for whom you are interested in working. The name of each Judge is attached. Please be advised, however, that not all of the Judges hire clerks on a rotating or regular basis.

Starting salary for both Judges' and Central Staff clerks will be over $76,000 per year plus State employment benefits. Judges' clerks who must travel also receive a travel and meal allowance while attending Court sessions in Albany.

JUDGES OF THE COURT OF APPEALS

Hon. Jonathan Lippman
Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals
Honorable Victoria A. Graffeo
Senior Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals
Honorable Eugene F. Pigott. Jr.
Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals
Honorable Susan Phillips Read
Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals
Honorable Jenny Rivera
Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals
Honorable Robert S. Smith
Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals

Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam
Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals

   
   

Mail to the Judges should be addressed to:

Court of Appeals Hall
20 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12207-1095