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Judicial Clerkship Program

Judicial Clerkship Program

Chief Justice David K. Thomson of the New Mexico Supreme Court and the State Bar of New Mexico are proud to announce the Judicial Clerkship Program. The purpose of this jointly initiated program is to recruit law students from historically underrepresented and excluded groups in the legal profession, particularly within the judiciary. The program provides tools necessary to excel in judicial clerkships placing students with judges and justices for an 8-to-10-week program in the summer.



Law students meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • The applicant must be a first- or second-year law student at an accredited U.S. law school. If the applicant attends the University of New Mexico School of Law, the applicant must be a second-year law student.
  • The applicant must be in academic good standing with their law school.
  • The applicant must be available for the 10-week program beginning May 20, 2024- June 26, 2024. The time commitment depends on the work of the chambers, but it averages 30 hours a week. It is the student’s first work priority. Any work or schooling conflicts must be disclosed to the application committee.
  • The applicant must be willing to comply with the Rules of Judicial Conduct that apply to the judicial chambers where they work.
  • The applicant must be able to attend the Judicial Clerkship Bootcamp dates October 26, 2023, November 16, 2023, January 25, 2024, and February 22, 2024.
  • The applicant must be from an underrepresented group based on gender, race or ethnicity, disability, low-income, first-generation college student status, veteran status, or identity as LGBTQ+.

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