About Judicial Clerkships Staff - University of Virginia School of Law


About Judicial Clerkships

The Law School's strong commitment to its clerkship program has resulted in an exceptional record for placing students in judicial clerkships. Our graduates have served as judicial clerks in every circuit in the country, as well as in foreign courts, courts of international jurisdiction and courts of special jurisdiction. Virginia consistently ranks among the leaders in clerk placement for law schools nationwide.


Ruth PayneRuth Payne
Senior Director of Judicial Clerkships

Ruth Payne advises students and alumni as they navigate the application process for both judicial internships and judicial clerkships. This includes counseling, reviewing cover letters and resumes, conducting mock interviews and running workshops on the clerkship process. Bio | Contact


van EerselMichel van Eersel
Clerkship coordinator

Michel van Eersel assists the director of judicial clerkships by maintaining the CARS database of judges with current hiring information through updates from OSCAR and communication with judges’ chambers. He also coordinates with students, alumni and faculty assistants as needed to mail out judicial clerkship applications and letters of recommendation. Contact