Northeastern Law School has a goal of steadily increasing the number of students who obtain post-graduate clerkships, and of expanding the geographic reach of both clerkships and term-time judicial co-ops. The law school has established hiring relationships with certain courts and judges, particularly within New England, and we seek to build on those relationships and expand into other courts and geographic regions.
The work of the Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkship and Public Interest Advising (“Assistant Director”) is central to these goals. The Assistant Director will function as an integral member of the Center for Co-op and Career Development team, providing comprehensive co-op advising, career advising, and professional development programming for NUSL students interested in judicial co-ops and post-graduate judicial clerkships. In addition, the Assistant Director will conduct regular outreach to a wide range of judges, including judges who are NUSL alumni/ae, judges who regularly hire NUSL students for co-op or post-graduate positions, and judges in new geographic areas we are seeking to target.
The Assistant Director, in conjunction with the Assistant Dean, will also work collaboratively with the faculty-led Clerkship Committee. This includes attending all Clerkship Committee meetings, providing updates on the co-op and clerkship hiring cycles, and special projects with committee members designed to advance the law school’s clerkship goals.
Most professional staff in the Co-op office serve on more than one team. In addition to judicial clerkship advising and programming, this position will participate as a member of the Public Interest and Government Advising team, with a focus on supporting students applying to public interest and government internships and post-graduate jobs.
Program: The Assistant Director will design and run a series of judicial co-op and judicial clerkship professional development programs designed to educate students about the value of working for the judiciary and to prepare students for applying for judicial co-ops and clerkships. Examples of programs the Co-op office has typically offered include: Introduction to Judicial Co-ops, Applying for Post-Graduate Clerkships, Info Session on State Court Clerkships, and Increasing the Diversity Pipeline to Clerkships.
Educational Materials: The Assistant Director will take the lead responsibility for insuring that the law school’s written materials regarding clerkships and the clerkship application process are comprehensive and up to date.
Judicial outreach: The Assistant Director will strengthen relationships with our current judges and courts who regularly hire Northeastern students, and also, in conjunction with the Assistant Dean, will develop and implement a strategic outreach plan for increasing our outreach to judges – and to our alumni/ae law clerks – in certain districts and regions.
Public Interest/Government Team participation: The Assistant Director will also be a member of the Public Interest and Government Advising team, and in that role will focus on advising and supporting students applying to public interest and government internships and post-graduate jobs.
NUSL’s Center for Co-op and Career Development is both a student services office and an employer relations office. As such, there are occasionally evening and weekend events that require staffing. The Assistant Director is expected to work as needed during evening and weekend events in order to support student networking and employer outreach. As members of the Advising Team, all Assistant Directors also participate in occasional events for prospective and admitted students.