Judical Clerkships

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Being selected for a Judicial Clerkship is one of the best ways to start a prestigious legal career. Our office can help you to apply for clerkships and can provide you with tips on deciding which clerkship is right for you. We have prepared a Judicial Clerkship Handbook which you can view by clicking here. Be sure to attend the Judicial Clerkship Workshop held in the Spring.


Jurist – Judicial Clerkships: This site contains Information and links to other useful sources of information.

“Rat Race: Insider Advice on Landing Judicial Clerkships” by Ruggerio J. Aldisert, et al., 110 Penn State Law Review 835 (2006).

Debra Strauss’s Judicial Clerkships web site: www.judicialclerkships.com. Debra Strauss, author of Behind the Bench provides information about clerkships but also there are questions and answers from clerks that may prove valuabJudicial Clerkships:


FEDERAL CLERKSHIPS are listed in an electronic database called OSCAR. You must apply for many federal positions electronically through the OSCAR system, http://oscar.dcd.uscourts.gov. Helpful guidelines and resources, including the Federal Judges Law Clerk Hiring Plan, are available on the website.

Other helpful links to federal information:

U.S. Supreme Court: www.supremecourtus.gov

Federal Judiciary: www.uscourts.gov. This website gives general information about the U.S. Courts, publications, directories, news and information with links to various courts throughout the U.S. and includes the Federal Law Clerk Information System. Search for vacancy and you will find various listings of vacancies in the federal court system.

Federal Judicial Center: www.fjc.gov. The Federal Judicial Center is the research agency for the federal courts. The website provides biographical information on all past and present federal judges, court histories, and links to other legal resources.


The Guide to State Judicial Clerkships is a comprehensive guide to the procedures for applying for state court judicial clerkships at all levels in all 50 states and some U.S. territories.

Insight and Inside Information For Select State Court Clerkships, complied by the State Court Work Group of the NALP, is a useful companion to the Guide to State Judicial Clerkships.


The Judicial Yellow Book, available in hard copy in the Office of Career Planning, provides contact and biographical information for over 2,200 federal judges and 1,300 state judges, as well as judges’ staff, court staff, and law clerks.

LexisNexis and Westlaw: www.lexisnexis.com and www.westlaw.com. Searches will provide you with judge’s opinions and give insight into their thinking. Such information will be invaluable for interviews. Also check the new Lexis feature, Courtlink which will allow you to research the caseload of the circuit and district courts, some state courts and some district court judges.

Alliance for Justice, Judicial Selection Project: www.allianceforjustice.org. This site gives demographic lists and tables of sitting federal judges showing ethnicity, gender, nomination reports and confirmation processes.


In general, although Blogs are not the most reliable place to search for information, you may find some useful statements on some of the following sites.

Yale Law School Clerkship Blog. Developed by clerkship seekers who were wondering what positions had been filled, this is a very active blog during September and October each year.

FindLaw’s Greedy Clerks. This board provides anonymous postings and therefore tends to be negative, however some of the information may be helpful.