Director of Judicial Clerkships, School of Law

  • University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Apr 18, 2023
Full time Education

Job Description

Director of Judicial Clerkships, School of Law

The University of Virginia School of Law seeks to hire a Director of Judicial Clerkships. This is a new, full-time position reporting to the Senior Director of Judicial Clerkships. Consistently recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, the Law School takes pride in its commitment to excellence, service and the in-person experience. The Law School is an active and vibrant community that fosters collegiality among students, faculty, and staff.

The Office of Judicial Clerkships assists students and alumni in all aspects of the search for federal and state clerkships. The Office of Judicial Clerkships has an exceptional record of placing students in judicial clerkships and has achieved results that rank at the top of national law schools. UVA Law graduates have served as judicial clerks in every federal circuit in the country, as well as in foreign courts, courts of international jurisdiction and courts of special jurisdiction.

The Director will be expected to contribute to the office’s goal of continuous improvement.

Specific duties of this position include:

  • Counsel students and alumni on all aspects of the clerkship or judicial internship search process, including identifying target judges, researching chambers, formulating strategies for applications, preparing employment documents, preparing for interviews, and developing professional communication skills.
  • Work to cultivate and maintain relationships with judges.
  • Manage the development and implementation of programming designed to enhance student knowledge of types of clerkships and how to manage the clerkship search process.
  • Liaise with faculty and their assistants to ensure smooth production of letters of recommendation.
  • Work in conjunction with the other Career Development Office teams (Office of Private Practice and the Public Service Center) on joint projects, as well as on discreet projects as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school (or foreign equivalent).
  • Three years of legal experience, and familiarity with the federal judiciary.
  • Excellent interpersonal, project management, writing, and communication skills.
  • A positive and outgoing demeanor.
  • The ability to work diligently and efficiently in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.
  • Proficiency with standard office software.

Preferred Experience:

  • Judicial clerkship experience.
  • Additional experience as a practicing lawyer, in career counseling, or in a student services role in higher education.

This is a full-time University Executive Staff position with benefits.

Individuals from groups traditionally under-represented in law are encouraged to apply.

This position requires most work to be performed in person at the Law School, with the opportunity to perform a limited amount of work remotely in accordance with Law School policy.

To Apply:

Apply online at search for requisition 'R0045539'. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application, and upload the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

*** Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the resume submission field, and you can combine documents into one PDF. ***

***Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Ruth Payne, Senior Director of Judicial Clerkships, at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter, at

The School of Law is located in Charlottesville, VA, a college town setting with natural beauty and significant historical relevance in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live with an extraordinary quality of life, often ranked among the best places to live in the United States.

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