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Law Clerk and Externship Applications

Law Clerk Applicants

​All Law Clerk positions with the Supreme Court of New Mexico are full-time, at-will positions. Generally, law students apply for a clerkship during their second year of law school for a term that would begin in September of the following year after graduation. Each Justice accepts applications to serve as a law clerk, and terms offered may be for one or two years. 

A Law Clerk application should be sent for each Justice the applicant intends to apply with. Law Clerk applications should be sent to the attention of the Supreme Court Chief Clerk in a consolidated PDF. Letters of recommendation may be sent to the Chief Clerk separately. Both the Law Clerk application and the letter of recommendation may be emailed to  nmsupremecourtclerk@nmcourts.gov or sent by regular mail to the following address:

  • Chief Clerk
    Supreme Court of New Mexico
    P.O. Box 848
    Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504–0848

All applications must include the following:

  • letter of interest
  • resume
  • current law school transcript and most recent grades
  • three letters of recommendation
  • one writing sample

To view the Law Clerk job description please Click Here.

Chambers accepting applications:

  • Chief Justice C. Shannon Bacon is currently accepting all applications
  • Senior Justice Michael E. Vigil is currently accepting applications for the 2025-2026 term.
  • Justice David K. Thomson is currently accepting applications for the 2025-2026 term.
  • Justice Julie J. Vargas is currently accepting applications for the 2025-2026 term.
  • Justice Briana H. Zamora is currently accepting applications for the 2025-2026 term.

The New Mexico Judicial Branch of Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Externship Applications

The Supreme Court Justices, the Clerk’s Office, and the Office of Supreme Court Counsel accept applications for externship opportunities throughout the year.  Externships are unpaid, but the Court will work with extern applicants who wish to use their externship work for school credit.  For more information about externship opportunities, applicants may contact the Clerk of Court or send a letter of interest and resume.