Recent law graduates secure prestigious judicial clerkships

Appointments rose by more than 40 percent over 2009

The Washington University in St. Louis School of Law has announced that 22 recent graduates have secured judicial clerkships this year, including those with U.S. Courts of Appeals judges for the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th and Federal Circuits.

Other clerkships are with U.S. District Court judges in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Virginia; with a state supreme court justice in Wisconsin; and with judges on a number of other federal and state courts.

In all, WUSTL law school graduates secured clerkships in 13 different states and the District of Columbia. Eighteen clerks are 2010 graduates and four are alumni. Despite a difficult job market, the total number of law school graduates securing clerkships rose by more than 40 percent over 2009.

“We are pleased that so many of our recent graduates will be able to benefit from these prestigious placements,” says Kent Syverud, JD, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor. “Judicial clerkships provide invaluable professional experience for future practice in any area of law.”

“It’s a real testament to the national quality and reputation of Washington University law students that so many were able to get such great clerkships in the most competitive clerkships year in recent memory,” says Neil Richards, JD, professor of law and faculty judicial clerkships adviser.

“It shows not only that we have such fantastic students, but that judges are well aware of this and want to hire them,” Richards says.

To view the list of law school graduates who secured clerkships this year visit