Federal Judicial Extern Honors Program

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Pace Law’s Federal Judicial Honors Program selects 15-20 law students each year to build knowledge of, and to gain work experience in, the federal court judiciary.

  • The Program

    The Honors Program is designed to provide students with an inside look at the federal court system and to prepare them to pursue a federal clerkship after law school. Numerous Honors Program students have obtained federal clerkships in courts throughout the country. The Honors Program is a full-year program, with distinct fall and spring semester components.

  • Faculty Involvement

    The Honors Program is co-directed by Professor Emily Waldman and Adjunct Professor Joy Beane of the New York State Judicial Institute. Numerous professors serve as mentors in the program.

  • Application Process

    Admission to the Honors Program is highly competitive. First-year students whose grade point average places them in the top 15% of the class receive letters inviting them to apply to the program. A faculty committee interviews all applicants. We base our ultimate selections on the applicants’ grades, writing samples, interviews, and interest in pursuing a clerkship after graduation.

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Federal Judicial Honors Program E-Newsletter

Read the latest about the Federal Judicial Honors Program in our annual e-newsletter. 

Contact Information


Emily Gold Waldman

Professor of Law