Judicial Clerkships

A judicial clerkship can be a very valuable experience. Many employers perceive judicial clerkships to be significant achievements. There is no better opportunity to gain first-hand experience about the inner workings of the judicial system and it is this insight that can command a premium when seeking employment after the clerkship term.

Clerking entails a good deal of legal research and writing, though it can also involve administrative responsibilities. It is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with pretrial and trial procedures and to hone legal research, writing and advocacy skills.

There are many benefits to working as a term judicial law clerk or permanent staff attorney. The jobs can be remarkable introductions to a variety of lawyering techniques and styles. The experience can be an invaluable way to see judicial decision-making in action, and to gain exposure to a wide variety of legal specialties. For people who are unsure about a permanent job, or who are looking for a public interest or public sector job, a clerkship can provide a remarkable experience while you await bar results and search for a job.

We encourage our students to pursue these highly sought-after positions. For assistance with your research and application process please do not hesitate to contact our office by clicking here.

Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR)

OSCAR enables clerkship applicants to select among participating federal judges to whom they wish to apply and then build and submit their applications online. Applicants upload cover letters, resumes, transcripts and writing samples and submit electronic requests for recommendation letters. When the applications are complete, those judges participating in the program can log in and download the applications.

Not all federal judges have elected to use OSCAR. Therefore, applicants must submit hard-copy paper applications to judges who have not opted to participate.

State Judicial Clerkships

Research links for state court employment opportunities are located on the Symplicity home page dashboard and in the Jobs module.