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GW Law grads Whitney Hermandorfer (l) and David Fox on the steps of the Supreme Court, where they both have clerked for justices.

GW Law grads Whitney Hermandorfer (l) and David Fox on the steps of the Supreme Court, where they both have clerked for justices.

GW Law Graduates Fill Supreme Court Clerkships at a High Rate

Mr. Fox; Whitney Hermandorfer, J.D. ’15, who recently completed a clerkship with Justice Amy Coney Barrett and previously clerked for Associate Justice Samuel Alito; and Zachary Tyree, J.D. ’17, who began clerking for Justice Barrett in July 2021, credit Bradford Clark, the George Washington University Law School William Cranch research professor of law, with helping them land their clerkships. In fact, said Mr. Clark, GW Law graduates like Mr. Fox are frequent fixtures in Supreme Court chambers. On average, GW tends to place a clerk on the Supreme Court every two years, and on two occasions, two of its graduates have clerked in the same year. Each of the nine justices hires four clerks a year, resulting in an annual total of about 36 clerks at the court.

A recent study ranked GW 9th nationally in placing Supreme Court clerk graduates between 2017 and 2021. Mr. Clark notes that GW Law consistently places more clerks at the Supreme Court than numerous law schools traditionally ranked higher than GW in law school rankings. 

“GW Law devotes substantial resources to supporting our students' efforts to obtain clerkships at all levels,” said Mr. Clark, who himself clerked for former Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in 1989-90. “The school provides the kind of education that prepares our students to succeed in practice, including as a judicial law clerk.

“Our curriculum prioritizes broad legal knowledge across a range of essential subject matter areas and ensures that all students have substantial writing and research experience. Our location also enables students to participate in a wide variety of externships with government entities during law school, including working for judges at all levels.

“Finally, GW has a dedicated Clerkship Committee, which I co-chair with professor Laura Dickinson, designed to advise students on when, where and how to apply for clerkships."

Read the full story with testimony at GWToday.