Judicial Clerkship Placement Statistics

Berkeley Law graduates land judicial law clerkship positions with federal and state court judges around the country and at different stages of their careers. Some Berkeley Law graduates clerk immediately after law school, while others do so a bit later in their careers.

Eric Stern in the CDO provides counseling and support to Berkeley Law students and graduates – no matter when they decide they want to apply for clerkships.

The tables below provide more specific clerkship placement information for the Classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017. The first column shows clerkship placements obtained by the graduating class, beginning in the fall following their graduation. The second column shows clerkship placements obtained by the graduating class, beginning in their second year of practice (or later). The third column shows clerkship placements obtained by any alumni, beginning in the fall term of that year’s graduating class.

Class of 2017

  2017 Grads –2017 Term (37) 2017 Grads –Future Terms (33)* Alumni –2017 Term (60)**
U.S. Supreme Court 1 2
U.S. Circuit Court 7 9 15
U.S. District Court 23 19 37
Other Federal (incl. Bankruptcy, Tax, Federal Claims, Immigration)
State Supreme Courts 4 3 4
Other State Courts 3 1 1
International 1
       
55 members of the Class of 2017 obtained clerkships.   *15 members of the Class of 2017 obtained multiple clerkship placements. **Reflects only those clerkship placements that were self-reported by alums.

Class of 2016

  2016 Grads –2016 Term (50) 2016 Grads –Future Terms (35)* Alumni –2016 Term (55)**
U.S. Supreme Court 0 1 ***
U.S. Circuit Court 14 11 15
U.S. District Court 24 22 33
Other Federal (incl. Bankruptcy, Tax, Federal Claims, Immigration) 1 0 2
State Supreme Courts 8 0 1
Other State Courts 3 1 3
International 0 0 1
       
67 members of the Class of 2016 obtained clerkships.   *18 members of the Class of 2016 obtained multiple clerkship placements. **Reflects only those clerkship placements that were self-reported by alums.

***A 2012 graduate obtained a 2016 term SCOTUS clerkship with Justice Scalia, but never had the chance to serve because of Justice Scalia’s death in February 2016. That same grad obtained a 2017 term SCOTUS clerkship with Justice Thomas.

Class of 2015

  2015 Grads –2015 Term (37) 2015 Grads –Future Terms (53)* Alumni –2015 Term (59)**
U.S. Supreme Court 0 0 1
U.S. Circuit Court 8 18 21
U.S. District Court 21 26 29
Other Federal (incl. Bankruptcy, Tax, Federal Claims, Immigration) 2 1 1
State Supreme Courts 3 5 5
Other State Courts 3 2 2
International 0 1 0
       
64 members of the Class of 2015 obtained clerkships.   *26 members of the Class of 2015 obtained multiple clerkship placements. **Reflects only those clerkship placements that were self-reported by alums.