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University Traineeship Program at the International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands

Eligibility: Recent Penn State Law graduates and 3L students
Description: Penn State is one of a select group of top law schools that has been invited by ICJ to nominate candidates for this prestigious program. This 9-month clerkship appointment extends from September through May. Clerks work directly with members of the ICJ assisting with drafting various documents and opinions and researching the wide variety of legal issues presented to the Court. Additional information about the ICJ can be found at
Qualifications: Applicants should have excellent academic records, some familiarity the field of international law, and, excellent command of at least one of the ICJ's official languages (English or French) and a very good working knowledge of the other.
How to Apply: Interested applicants should send the following application documents electronically to Brenda Johnson ( Application materials are due mid-January.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (no more than 15 typewritten pages)
  • Letter of interest that highlights the applicant’s relevant background, reasons for pursuing the traineeship, and level of French
  • Law school transcript
  • Name of a faculty member who supports your nomination.
A faculty committee will select top candidates from all applicants for nomination by the Law School to the Court. The Court will make the final selection of clerks. Any questions about the program or application should be directed to Stephen Barnes, assistant dean of graduate and international programs, at