Judicial law clerks are usually selected up to 12 months
before the actual clerkship begins. Some of these positions are full-time permanent.
Therefore, these positions become available only upon the departure of the law clerk
holding the position. The remainder are term law clerks. Appointments range between
1 and 2 years.
Interested applicants should send their application packet directly to the chambers
of the judge(s). The materials in the packet are not returnable to the applicant.
It is preferred that the packets for a clerkship position include the following:
a) Cover letter
c) Law school transcripts - sealed and certified
d) Writing sample (preferably not longer than 10 pages)
e) Three letters of recommendation
Applications are accepted at the discretion of each judge, no sooner than the day
after Labor Day. Interviews are scheduled and held by each judge no sooner than
the second Thursday after Labor Day. The law clerks selected at that time begin
their clerkships in August or September of the following year.
If an applicant has interviewed with a judge and is offered a position by another
judge, they should contact the chambers where they are under consideration, by telephone,
or letter, and advise the judge that they have accepted a position and are withdrawing
For more information about judicial law clerkships or to see which judges are currently
recruiting, please go to https://lawclerks.ao.uscourts.gov/.
We offer an excellent benefit package.