Clerkship Opportunity at the International Court of Justice in The Hague

Georgetown Law has been invited by the International Court of Justice to nominate one or more candidates to the Court's Traineeship (clerkship) Program in The Hague from September 4, 2017 to June 29, 2018. Trainees assist Members of the Court in their tasks, including carrying out research, preparing case files, and drafting documents. 

Georgetown Law is one of a select group of academic institutions eligible to nominate students to this program. We expect to nominate up to four candidates for the Court's consideration in 2017. The Court will make the final selection from among the nominees of all the participating schools. If one of the Georgetown candidates is selected, Georgetown will provide the successful candidate with a modest stipend of $36,000.

Although the Court does not provide a deadline by which they notify candidates of their selection, notification is usually provided in mid-April.


This clerkship is open to JD and LLM students graduating in February or May 2017, as well as 2014, 2015 and 2016 JD and LLM graduates. Applicants must have excellent proficiency in one of the Court's official languages (French or English) and a very good working knowledge of the other (speaking and writing). They must also have an excellent overall academic record as well as an excellent academic record in public international law, with strong research and writing skills.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following documents in hard copy to Cara Morris in the Office of Transnational Programs (Hotung 5009) by February 3, 2017.

  1. A letter of application addressed to Mr. Jean-Pelé Fomété, Deputy-Registrar of the International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, 2517 KJ, The Hague, The Netherlands

  2. A completed ICJ University Trainee Application Form

  3. Your curriculum vitae

  4. A description of your level of proficiency in French and background and experience in speaking, writing and reading in French

  5. Your official Georgetown Law transcript

  6. Two letters of reference from individuals who speak to your credentials in the field of international law-you are encouraged to submit at least one letter from a Georgetown Law faculty member.

  7. A writing sample of no more than 15 typewritten pages that has been submitted for publication or is of publishable quality. The Court accords significant attention to this element of the candidate's application.

A Georgetown Law committee will select up to four candidates to nominate to the Court.


Georgetown Law will provide $36,000 in funding to the individual selected by the Court.That individual is responsible for making all personal and practical arrangements such as travel, visa, accommodations, and medical and other insurance and must certify that he/she has obtained medical insurance that provides coverage in The Netherlands for the duration of the traineeship.

LRAP and Tax Implications

Please note that given the nature of the traineeship arrangement, this is not considered eligible employment for coverage under Georgetown Law's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) and, under commonly prevailing interpretations of the relevant current regulations, is unlikely to be considered qualifying employment by the US Department of Education for purposes of Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Tax implications associated with this opportunity are being worked out at this time. Applicants are encouraged to check back for updates.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact:

For administrative questions please contact:

For assistance preparing your application materials, contact any of the following:

LL.M. Students and Graduates:

  • Caroline Springer, Director, Graduate Career and Professional Development, Office of Graduate Programs (202-662-9017 or

J.D. Students and Graduates:

  • Nicole Vikan, Associate Director, Public Interest &Government Careers, Office of Public Interest and Community Service (202-662-9054 or
  • Marilyn Tucker, Director, Alumni Careers and International Internships, Office of Career Services (202-662-9304 or

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