International Clerkships Program

Supported by the McGill International Experience Awards and the Hon. Morris J. Fish Clerkship award, and McGill's Faculty of Law, the Centre manages an international clerkship program in collaboration with the following:

  • a 10-month clerkship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • a 12-month clerkship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
  • a 9-month clerkship at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) - not offered in 2021 due to the pandemic
  • a 3-month (or more) clerkship at the Supreme Court of Israel

Call for candidates - International Clerkships 2021

Applications are now open for the International Clerkships at the ICJ and the PCA. Deadline: 15 January 2021, 17:00 EST. Both clerkships are set to begin in September 2021.

Download the PDF icon 2021 Call for candidates - International Clerkships Program (English + français).

For the Supreme Court of Israel, see below.


International Court of Justice Judicial Fellows - The Hague, The Netherlands

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, invites the Faculty of Law to submit applications as Judicial Fellows (clerks). This offers a unique opportunity for one McGill student or recent graduate to work at one of the world’s most important legal institutions. The nine-month clerkships begin in September, concluding in June of the following year. The successful candidate will receive a stipend to assist with living expenses and other costs.

The International Court of Justice's Judicial Fellows Programme is directly inspired by the North American practice of appellate courts hiring law clerks for a short period of time to assist judges in fulfilling their duties. Judicial Fellows (clerks) will be assigned to one or more members of the Court to assist with tasks such as drafting opinions, orders, and other court documents; preparing case files; and researching legal issues. 

To apply to this program, please download and fill out these files (zipped package contains English and French MS Word templates).


Permanent Court of Arbitration Clerkships - The Hague, The Netherlands

The purposes of the Permanent Court of Arbitration clerkships are
a) to increase the participant’s understanding of current dispute resolution and arbitration issues, both at the regional and international levels, and give them an insight into the work of the PCA; and
b) to provide the PCA with the assistance and contribution of an outstanding young graduate.

The candidate is chosen to work within the PCA’s Secretariat, helping counsel in their work in support of major arbitration or other cases. This clerkship normally starts in September.


Inter-American Court of Human Rights Clerkships - San José, Costa Rica

This internship will not be offered in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The Internship Program at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights offers students in the areas of law, international relations, political science, linguistics and translations an opportunity to gain practical experience in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights.

This program offers an understanding of the operation of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, the applicable international instruments and the activities of the Tribunal. It also aims to provide a practical experience that serves to complement the participant's academic and professional development, which may be applied later in the different work environments that the interns arrive at upon completion of the internship or professional visit. Finally, the program promotes the participation of people of different nationalities, who come from different judicial systems. This clerkship normally starts in September.


Supreme Court of Israel Foreign Clerkships - Jerusalem, Israel

The Supreme Court of Israel runs a successful and very competitive program for foreign law clerks. A clerkship with a Supreme Court Justice, a position eligible for accredited lawyers and excellent law students (with preference given to those who are at least in their second year), usually includes conducting comparative research and writing memoranda regarding legal issues in various areas of law.

Foreign law clerks at the Supreme Court are assigned to a specific justice and typically research comparative legal issues and draft memoranda regarding legal questions which arise in pending cases. Foreign clerks will likely find themselves engaging in several different areas of law such as public international law, criminal law, civil law and constitutional law. Foreign law clerks conduct their assignments in English. While knowledge of Hebrew is not required (although it is helpful), knowledge of other languages is an advantage.

Financial support

Established in 2019 by Morris J. Fish, former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Hon. Morris J. Fish Clerkship award will enable one current McGill BCL/JD student - or one recent graduate - per year to complete a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Israel: the successful applicant will receive an award of $5,000 to assist with travel and living expenses related to the clerkship. Application for the award is done separately from the application for the clerkship, and only after securing an offer.

Eligibility

See the PDF icon2021 Call for Candidates for a Supreme Court of Israel Foreign Clerkship (English + français)

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must apply directly to the Supreme Court of Israel first, and secure a clerkship offer from the Court Independently.

Applications may be sent to the Court during four periods every year:

  • 15 February – 15 March;
  • 15 May – 15 June;
  • 15 August – 15 September;
  • 15 November – 15 December

All current BCL/JD students are eligible to apply for the clerkship. Please be aware that the Supreme Court of Israel expresses a preference for students in 2L or above. Preference will also be given to students pursuing a clerkship longer than the required minimum of three months. Alumni applicants should be able to begin the clerkship no later than 12 months after graduation.

To apply for the Hon. Morris J. Fish Clerkship award, candidates should submit the following items either on myFuture or by emailing clerkships.law [at] mcgill.ca:

  • A clerkship acceptance letter from the Supreme Court of Israel
  • A updated curriculum vitae
  • The names of two referees, at least one of whom must be a McGill Law professor)
  • A recent law transcript
  • A short cover letter addressed to Professor Nandini Ramanujam

Successful candidates must also commit to providing a final report on their experience at the end of the clerkship. Selection for the award will be based on academic achievement.

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