The purpose of the Judicial Clerkship Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the legal profession, particularly within the judiciary. In addition, it is the purpose of the program to prepare underrepresented individuals with the tools necessary to obtain judicial clerkships. The program provides opportunities to underrepresented students, which may include, but is not limited to, members of racial or ethnic minorities, women, identify as LGBTQIA+, students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged.
The program will primarily take place at the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico or at the U.S. Federal Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their application materials, but applicants may not request preference of justices or judge. Program participants will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the summer.
For the 2020 program, the Honorable Justice David K. Thomson is participating in the program. Additional New Mexico Supreme Court justices, New Mexico Court of Appeals judges, and Article III federal judge may participate in the program. Program participants will be assigned to work with specific justice or judge depending on the justices or judges participating.