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Judicial clerkships offer young lawyers a unique combination of intense training, lifetime mentorship from a highly-trained attorney, and a prestigious credential. This is not only a very desirable qualification for competitive legal employment, but a unique opportunity to see the law from behind the bench and learn fist-hand about the complexities that go into a judge's decision-making process.
We strongly encourage our law students to take time to consider this highly-regarded employment opportunity for the first year post-graduation. A judicial clerkship will give new lawyers a depth of experience that can only be gained by working behind the scenes as a trust advisor to a federal or state judge. Judicial clerks gain extensive insight and experience that builds a foundation of practical legal skills, and these skills translate into practice -- whether pursuing a career in litigation, transactional work, public policy, or academia.
The work of a judicial law clerk varies depending on the type of court, the court organizational model, and the duration of the clerkship. Judicial clerkships are available in different types of courts including state district courts, state appellate courts, state supreme courts, federal district courts, federal appellate courts, specialty courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Every year, the Career Services Offices holds an information session for 2Ls to begin the federal and state judicial clerkship application process.