About Judicial Clerkships

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


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 and Contact


Michel van EerselMichel van Eersel


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


Leah GouldLeah Gould


In addition to counseling students and alumni on public service careers and internships, Leah Gould spends part of her time with the Office of Judicial Clerkships, counseling students and alumni on clerkships and judicial internships. Bio and Contact