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New online portal to expand recruitment for law clerks, interns, externs

New online portal to expand recruitment for law clerks, interns, externs

June 14, 2023 -  Courts hiring law clerks, interns and externs can now turn to a new national resource to bolster their recruitment efforts. CORA, which stands for Court Opportunity Recruitment for All, is a free, online portal that matches court opportunities with interested candidates.

“CORA is designed to provide a national exchange to announce and market internship, externship, and law clerkship opportunities across the country,” said Marcia Meis, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and co-chair of the Blueprint for Racial Justice working group that created the portal. “In this way, CORA will give state courts outreach to a larger, national pool of talented candidates when opportunities arise.”

NCSC Senior Court Management Consultant Lindsay Hafford said courts are experiencing challenges connecting with candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. They are also looking for more geographic diversity in their applicant pools.

“Just as a career in the courts presents opportunities for great professional growth, courts need diverse voices and viewpoints,” added Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the DC Court of Appeals and Blueprint for Racial Justice workgroup co-chair. “We built CORA to provide a way to make these connections and see a lot of promise in its use.”

Hafford said CORA provides a forum for many court opportunities to be posted in a single place.

“CORA was created specifically with courts in mind with the focus on allowing courts to connect with talented applicants from a broader pool – in every sense – in a more direct way,” she said.

NCSC has been working with several pilot states for the project launch but is eager to bring more states on board. Opportunities can be paid or unpaid and with or without credit.

Courts can visit the CORA webpage to get started or email the team at for assistance.

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