Alumni Clerking Streak Continues

Over 100 Graduates Working as Clerks for Fourth Year in a Row
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September 30, 2022

For the fourth straight year, more than 100 University of Virginia School of Law alumni are clerking across the country.

In the 2022 term, 36 alumni are clerking in federal appellate circuit courts, 52 are clerking at federal District Courts and other federal courts, two are clerking at the U.S. Supreme Court, and 14 are clerking for state appellate courts and other local courts.

“I think UVA has earned a reputation as a law school with a strong clerkship program, so we continue to attract students who have an interest in postgraduate clerkships,” said Ruth Payne ’02, senior director of judicial clerkships. “With the disruption of the pandemic, we’ve been particularly happy to see so many of our alumni come back into the clerkship market and seek clerkships for later terms.”

A large portion of the clerks are members of the Class of 2022. Out of 327 J.D. graduates in the class, 47 are clerking, including 12 in federal appellate circuit courts.

When clerkships for future terms are included, 63 members of the class have accepted a total of 83 clerkships. Thirty-six graduates have accepted clerkships for a later term, and 20 have already accepted a second clerkship in 2023 or 2024.

At the U.S. Supreme Court, Michael Corcoran ’17 is clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas and Henry Dickman ’20 is clerking for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The Law School is fifth after Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Chicago in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from the 2007 through 2022 terms.

The Law School is No. 4 in the percentage of graduates from the classes of 2018-21 going directly to federal clerkships after law school, according to American Bar Association data.

Alumni Clerkships for the 2022 Term

U.S. Supreme Court (2)

Federal Appellate Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (5)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (9)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (6)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (3)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (4)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (3)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Federal District Courts and Other Federal Courts

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (4)
U.S. District Court for the District of Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2)
U.S. District Court for the District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico (2)
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (4)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the District of Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2)
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (2)
U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (2)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (8)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia (4)
U.S. Court of Federal Claims 
U.S. Tax Court (3)

State Appellate Courts and Other Local Courts

Arizona Court of Appeals
Alaska Superior Court
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Fairfax (Va.) Circuit Court
Maryland Court of Special Appeals
Missouri Supreme Court
Ohio Court of Appeals
Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas
Texas Supreme Court
Tennessee Supreme Court (2)
Virginia Court of Appeals (2)

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