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How Do I…Update My Application Documents on OSCAR?

How Do I…Update My Application Documents?

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As summer comes to an end, you may need to update your profile and applications to reflect a growth in skills and experience, or grades from the previous semester. To update your resume, cover letters, or grades on finalized applications, follow the instructions below.

Please Note: Any changes to your work experience, prior judicial experience, education, contact information, etc. should also be made within your My Profile tab. Information from your profile is automatically transferred to your existing applications, and hiring judges and staff attorney offices can perform searches on criteria in your profile, so it is important that all information is kept up to date.

Update Resume or Cover Letter

The best way to update your resume or cover letters is to upload new files. To do so:

  1. Go to the My Documents
  2. Click the Add New
  3. Enter a unique document label and select the document type, then click Upload.

Note: OSCAR has a maximum limit for how many resumes and cover letters you can have uploaded at a time, so you may need to delete one of the old to make room for the new.

Update Grade Sheets

To update your grade sheets:

  1. Go to the My Documents
  2. Find your grade sheet, then click on the name to open it and access the editable fields.
  3. Before you make any edits, you must update the Document Labelto a new name (we recommend using a title and date, for example, “Grade Sheet_August 2017”).
  4. Make your changes, then click Save and Upload.

Update Applications

To update your existing application(s) with a new resume, grade sheet, writing sample, or cover letter:

  1. Go to the My Applications
  2. Locate the application you want to update, then click Edit.
  3. Find the relevant section, remove the old document, and select the new.
  4. When you are done, scroll down and click the Update Application
  5. Repeat this process for each application you wish to update.

Please Note: If you wish to replace your resume or cover letter for multiple applications at one time, there is a convenient batch option to do so. Within the My Applications tab, scroll down to Batch Options, check the box to select the relevant application(s),and then click Replace Resume/Cover Letter to select the new documents you want to update your application with. There is no batch option to upload new grade sheets to multiple existing applications, so you must go into each existing application and select the updated grade sheet as outlined above.

More Information

For more information, see the tip sheets titled Upload Application DocumentsCreate an Applicant Grade Sheet, and Update Your Profile located under “Help” when logged into your account.

Further information helpful to applicants can be found within the Application Process Overview and the Applicant Prep Kit.

 

Resources for Researching Judges

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RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHING JUDGES

Whether you are preparing for an upcoming interview or deciding where you should apply, here are some tips for researching the judiciary.

►       OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Application and Review) https://oscar.uscourts.gov. OSCAR is a single, centralized resource for federal clerkship information. It includes a searchable database of federal law clerk hiring information, including the length of the clerkship term, the application period, the preferred method of application, and the required application materials. Judges can also post that their positions are filled or indicate that they are not hiring clerks. There is also general information about clerkship duties, salary, and benefits under the “Resources” tab. In addition, your OSCAR account allows you to save your searches, receive email updates, and apply to participating judges online.

Remember that this is a voluntary system, and some judges may choose not to participate. Approximately two-thirds of the judges have created accounts and more join each year. If a judge has no information listed anywhere in the system, come and chat with members of the Career Center.  We can help navigate next steps. Additionally, if you notice a judge that has no positions or has filled them a long time ago and hasn’t given an explicit plan for future hiring, you may wish to investigate further into whether that judge has only career clerks or has any plans to hire.

►       Judicial Yellow Book: www.leadershipdirectories.com. This is the online version of the Judicial Yellow Book. It contains biographical profiles and contact information for more than 3,500 federal and state judges, including education and previous experience. Staff information, when provided by chambers, includes the names of law clerks and the law schools they attended. WashU Law has a subscription accessible through the library website.  https://client.leadershipconnect.io/.

►       Federal Judicial Center: www.fjc.gov. You can find biographical information on all past and present federal judges, court histories, educational materials, and links to other legal resources. After selecting “Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, 1789-present,” then “Diversity on the Bench,” you can search for judges based on the characteristics of gender or ethnicity.

►       Federal Judiciary: www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts.aspx. On this website, there is information about and links to federal courts. You can also view the online version of The Third Branch at www.uscourts.gov, the federal judiciary’s newsletter. In the “Judicial Milestones” section of the newsletter, you can look for nominations, confirmations, and other status changes.

►       Senate Nominations: www.senate.gov/reference/Nominations/Index.htm. You can find the most up- to-date listings of recent nominations and confirmations, judicial and others.

►       Senate Judiciary Committee: http://judiciary.senate.gov. The Nominations section includes information about judicial nominees, including their detailed questionnaire, as well as hearing dates, and votes.

►       DOJ Office of Legal Policy:  www.usdoj.gov/olp. The OLP site provides tables and statistics on nominations, as well as background information on judicial nominees.

►       National Center for State Courts: www.ncsc.org/Information-and-Resources.aspx. This website links to numerous state and international court sites.

►        The Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures: http://forms.vermontlaw.edu/career/guides.

Produced by the Vermont Law School Career Services Office, this Guide provides information on

clerkship opportunities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Please see the Vermont Law School website for information about subscriptions.

►       LEXIS®NEXIS® and WESTLAW®: www.lexisnexis.com and www.westlaw.com. Reading a judge’s opinions and news articles can give you insight into the judge’s thinking and can provide valuable background for the interview. Lexis also has Courtlink, a new feature for researching the caseload of the circuit and district courts, several state courts, and individual district court judges. The AFJ database in WestLaw also reports on caseloads for the federal judges.

Have You Secured a Clerkship?

At the request of judges, the OSCAR Program Office would like to offer a friendly reminder. Please remind your students to withdraw their applications when they accept a job offer or become unavailable. This will ensure judges and staff attorney offices can make the best use of their time when reviewing applications and setting up interviews.

Applicants can withdraw applications quickly and easily in one of two ways when logged into their OSCAR accounts.

 1.    Update Account Status to “Unavailable”

  1. Under My Profile in the main menu, select My Account.
  2. Scroll down to the “I am unavailable” field and select Yes.
  3. You will be prompted to a) enter a reason for your unavailability and b) specify the period of time you will be unavailable. Click Update to complete.
  4. OSCAR will display a warning message. Click OK to accept.
  5. All current outstanding applications will automatically be withdrawn.

2.    Withdraw Indiviudal Applications

  1. Under My Applications in the main menu, select Clerkship Applications or Staff Attorney Applications.
  2. Locate the application(s) and click the Withdraw button in the Options column on the right.
  3. OSCAR will display a warning message. Click OK to withdraw the application.
  4. The withdrawn icon will be visible in the Application Status column of your applications.

If you have any questions, please contact the OSCAR Program Office at 866-666-2120, Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, or email oscar-support@ao.uscourts.gov

Applying to Judges on the Hiring Plan (updated as information comes in)

Those of you who attended our clerkship events this spring heard about the new hiring plan that some federal judges are choosing to adopt. Some judges will not be hiring until the summer after your 2L year, but we know that many judges will not be following the new plan. Now that we have had more time to contact judges and discuss whether they will be adopting the plan this summer, we wanted to pass along our findings and encourage you to wait to apply to judges who are on the plan. Specifically, those of you applying this summer can postpone applying to the DC Circuit, the First Circuit, the Second Circuit (judges based in New York City), the Third Circuit, and the Seventh Circuit (judges based in Chicago). You should plan to apply broadly, otherwise.

Judges Following the Plan

Judge Roger Wollman – U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit (Sioux Falls, SD)

 

Quick Bankruptcy Q & A by Prof. D’Onfro

Bankruptcy clerkships are an amazing opportunity.  Don’t overlook the chance to clerk in an area of the law that has a tendency to touch every other type of law.  They are a phenomenal experience for people who want to go into the practice of bankruptcy law and for those who want to broaden that search as well.

Are Bankruptcy clerks as prestigious as other federal clerkships?

All federal clerkships are prestigious, but some are more prestigious than others.  How prestigious a clerkship is turn on the court, the reputation of the judge, and the location of the clerkship.  For this reason, it is impossible to provide an exact ranking of clerkships.  Article III courts are often considered more prestigious than Article I courts, but there are many exceptions depending on what your long-term goals are.  Most employers look favorably on clerkships and consider federal clerkships of any kind to be prestigious.

If I do a bankruptcy clerkship, will I only be able to practice in bankruptcy afterwards?

No.  You will build significant bankruptcy expertise, but you will also learn about several other areas of law including consumer law, real estate, IP, Employment, Labor, Family and probate, and environmental law.  Many bankruptcy court clerks go on to transactional practice, particularly in debt financing.

If I want to do transactional law, will a bankruptcy clerkship be helpful?

Absolutely.  Business bankruptcies often include court-approved financing agreements, asset sales, and other transactions.  You will have more first-hand deals experience in a bankruptcy court than in any other kind of clerkship.

If I want to be a litigator will a bankruptcy clerkship be helpful?

Yes! Bankruptcy courts hear many adversary proceedings and other actions that are trials just like you would see in a district court.

What do lawyers do after a bankruptcy clerkship – i.e. where do they work?

They work in all kinds of practices and in all kinds of settings. You will even see former bankruptcy court clerks in-house in banks and consulting firms.

For a bankruptcy clerkship, are there locations that are more prestigious?

The courts that hear the so-called “mega” cases are considered the most prestigious.  These have historically been SDNY and Delaware, but many large cases pass through EDVA, Nevada, and elsewhere.

Who is a good candidate for a bankruptcy clerkship?

Any student who wants to clerk who is interested in bankruptcy, finance, and/or consumer law.

I haven’t taken Bankruptcy, can I still apply for a bankruptcy clerkship?

Yes.  While it is better to have taken or plan to take bankruptcy and secured transactions, we have had several students hired without having taken either class.

 

Perfecting Your Writing Sample for Judicial Clerkships by Prof. D’Onfro

The writing sample is a critical part of your clerkship application.  The clerkship committee is happy to help you choose your writing sample, but that is only the first step.  Once you choose your writing sample, you need to tailor it be an effective sample and polish it.  You want your writing sample to be pristine so that you convey to judges that you are the kind of detail-oriented person who will be helpful in chambers.  These slides have our advice on choosing and perfecting your writing sample.

Preparing Clerkship Applications? Here’s a Tip

Image result for mail merge clip artPreparing clerkship application packets can be time-consuming. One way to speed up the process is to utilize the mail merging. Here is a  quick tutorial that will help you compile your list of judges. Need assistance with creating your list of judges? Symplicity can help!

TIP: Make sure you look through the list carefully to determine whether any changes need to be made. It will be a large number, but don’t let that deter you!

2 Resources to Help You Connect to Your Judge of Choice

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Bloomberg Law

  1. Type Judge’s name into the main search bar on Bloomberg Law and wait for word wheel to populate. Clicked on the “People” result with judge’s name.
  2. this will bring you to a similar page like so: https://www.bloomberglaw.com/people/5947375

Westlaw

  1. Click Cases
  2. Click Federal District Courts
  3. Click Advanced Search using judge’s name in the Judge field.
  4. Then use the filter tool to find cases your judge has decided.

 

Nuts and Bolts of Applying to Judicial Clerkships

Nuts and Bolts

 

Now is the time to get ready to apply for clerkships! The faculty and CCD have put together the information that you need to apply in this post.  Every judge is looking for something slightly different, so we can’t cover everything here.  But if you work through the Clerkship Application Checklist , you’ll be ready to apply to most judges as soon as you have your spring grades and receive the results of the write-on competition. Your goal should be have your application ready to send out as soon as you receive your spring grades and learn the journal results since many judges have recently started hiring in early summer.

If you have any questions, you should email Professors Richards, Sachs, D’Onfro, or Finneran!  We’ll update this blog with FAQs as they come in and we’re always happy to answer individual questions as well.  We want you to put together the best application possible.

Resume. You should have a resume that is in good shape from your summer job hunt.  Now, just add your summer position(s) and any new honors or activities, such as journal membership.  Once you have lined up a job for your 2L summer, add that as well. Unless you have significant pre-law school work experience, keep it to one page.  If you’d like an example, this is Prof. D’Onfro’s resume from when she applied for clerkships.

References. You should plan to ask 2-3 people for references.  Some positions only require two references, but more competitive judges, especially at the federal appellate level, typically prefer three.  Ideally, two of your references will be faculty members from your first-year or upper-level substantive classes.  We ask that you fill out the Judicial Clerkship Reference Request Form and include that when you ask faculty for a reference.  Once you have confirmed your faculty recommenders, email their names to jcrecommendations@wulaw.wustl.edu along with copies of your Judicial Clerkship Reference Request Forms.

 Cover Letter. You will send a short, generic cover letter to most judges. It should convey the basic information about you, but it isn’t a personal statement about why you want to clerk. And it won’t impress the judge for you to extol your virtues in the letter.  Here is a sample of what we recommend.  For judges where you have some real connection—most importantly, a personal geographic connection to where the judge sits—you should add a sentence or two explaining that fact.  Your goal in including this information is to make the judge realize why you might be particularly interested in clerking in, say, Wyoming—and thus why you’re likely to accept an offer.  If you intend to stay in their geographic region after clerking, you should mention that where applicable. For clerkships where you have no geographic connection or interest, focus on your general interest in clerking, and the specific court you are applying to where possible.

Transcripts. Make sure you have a few official undergraduate transcripts on hand for the judges who request them. (We only know of a handful of state clerkships that ask for official transcripts, but since these can take a few weeks to get from your prior institutions, get them now!)  Spend time now making an unofficial law school transcript so that you don’t have to do it later.

Writing Sample. Make sure you have something that has not been edited by anyone else.  If you’re just finishing 1L, your legal writing assignments are probably your best bet until you have a chance to develop a better writing sample though your summer position, a clinic, moot court, or a seminar paper.  Pay attention to what judges on your list are asking for, since some ask for persuasive writing while others prefer law review-style notes.  Fortunately, most don’t have a preference.

List of Judges.  To maximize your chances of success, apply broadly—a list of 50+ judges is a good start, but you should even go broader than that.  If you have strong recommendations and interview well, anything is possible—and, for better or for worse, luck plays a significant role.

Clerkships are nationally transferable credentials that will propel you to the highest echelon of the legal profession. Given that, it’s not a good idea to limit your search to a narrow geographic area. Even if you want to practice long-term in, say, San Diego, it isn’t a good strategy to only apply to San Diego-based judges. That will significantly limit your options—and make it a lot less likely you’ll get a clerkship.

You should also consider state court clerkships, which are often somewhat less competitive than federal clerkships but no less rewarding.  We have some excellent resources for researching state court opportunities on the judicial clerkships website.

But don’t stop there! If you love criminal law or crave trial experience, consider federal magistrate clerkships.  If you see yourself working in banking, securities, consumer, or commercial law down the road, consider federal bankruptcy clerkships.  And don’t overlook the other specialized courts like the Federal Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the various administrative courts.  NALP has a great guide covering opportunities with ALJs.

In short, no matter where you are in the class, there is a clerkship for which you’re a viable candidate.  Make an appointment with one of us to discuss your best strategy if you are not sure.

Once you have a list, fill out the State and/or Federal Judicial Clerkship Applications Spreadsheet and send it to jcrecommendations@wulaw.wustl.edu.  May 18, 2018 is the deadline for priority handling of applications over the summer.  All other requests will be processed in the order they are received.  You can make changes to this spreadsheet after you submit it, but please be considerate of the administrative staff.

 

Clerkship Writing Sample Tip

Image result for tipYour note for the journal writing competition can also serve as a clerkship writing sample.  You’ll of course want to put in the time to ensure your note secures you a place on the journal of your choice.  That same focus and effort will help you craft a compelling sample that highlights your reasoning, research, and writing ability and can strengthen your clerkship applications.  Best of luck!

 

North Dakota Supreme Court Openings for The Class of 2019

APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT AS LAW CLERK

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NORTH DAKOTA SUPREME COURT

FROM AUGUST 1, 2019 TO JULY 31, 2020

Second-year law students interested in applying for a one-year appointment as a law clerk to the North Dakota Supreme Court should submit five (5) copies of the following:

  1. A letter of application addressed to:

The Honorable Lisa Fair McEvers

North Dakota Supreme Court

Judicial  Wing, 1st Floor

600 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck,  ND  58505-0530

2. An autobiographical sketch summarizing your life and career from childhood until the present.

3. A curriculum vitae containing the following information:

(1)      Applicant’s  name,  home address, college address, email address, and  telephone number.

(2)      Secondary schools attended.

(3)      Pre-law and law schools attended.

(4)      Class standing.

(5)      Law review and other legal writings.

(6)      Extracurricular activities.

(7)      Awards and honors.

(8)      Employment record.

(9)      Military record.

(10)    Three references.  It is acceptable to list the same individuals who provide letters of recommendation.

(11)    Any  other  information  the   applicant  believes  would  bear  upon  the applicant’s qualifications as a law clerk.

  1. Undergraduate transcript.
  2. L.S.A.T. score report.
  3. Law school application for admission.
  4. Law school transcript to date of application. [One official transcript and four copies]  .
  5. Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a member of the law school faculty.
  6. A writing sample that has been edited only by the applicant.

The current salary is $68,724 per year.

The Court requires an individual selected to serve as a law clerk to be legally authorized to work in the United States and expects the individual to successfully complete law school education, take a bar examination of the applicant’s choice before beginning the clerkship, and commit to completing a full one-year term from August 1, 2019 to July 31, Candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018.

When to Apply for Clerkships (Class of 2020)

Forwarded on behalf of the Clerkship Committee:

Dear Class of 2020:

The Clerkship Committee anticipates that hiring for post-graduation judicial clerkships for your class will begin in June 2018.  That is, we expect the timeline for clerkship hiring for your class to be similar to what it was for the classes of 2018 and 2019.  A number of judges have proposed a new plan for hiring clerks that would start the hiring process in June after your 2L year instead of in June after your 1L year. In the past, these hiring plans have been popular with some, but not all judges in the Second and Ninth circuits, and less popular among judges in other circuits. While we are hopeful for the success of the new plan, we are continuing to investigate which judges intend to use the new proposed timeline.

Until we know that the proposed plan has been broadly adopted by the judiciary, we believe that most of you should begin applying as soon as you receive your spring 1L grades.  Many judges hire after students have three or more semesters of grades, but the number of available opportunities decreases over time, so we strongly recommend that you be prepared to send out applications over the summer.  Since the online platform for submitting clerkship applications, OSCAR, will likely endorse the new plan, you should be prepared to send out paper applications any judge that does not specifically indicate that he or she prefers to receive applications by OSCAR.

To help you strategize and complete applications, the clerkship committee will be hosting a clerkship bootcamp on May 4.  We strongly encourage you to attend the bootcamp so please make your travel plans accordingly.

We will keep you informed of any changes to our timeline advice depending on how our friends on the bench respond to the proposed plan.

Sincerely,

The Clerkship Committee

Sending a Paper Judicial Clerkship Application?

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Sending a Paper Judicial Clerkship Application?

  • Get your application in order. Generally, transcript, writing sample (and preface), resume, and cover letter saved in a pdf either on your computer or an external hard drive.  You may also send it lawcareers@wustl.edu.
  • Make an appointment with lawcareers@wustl.edu to reserve the workroom to print and assemble your materials. Please give us an idea of how many you are printing so we can be adequately prepared in terms of time and materials (we provide envelopes, labels and resume paper).  Note:  it will take a bit longer than you think to stuff all those envelopes, so give yourself plenty of time.
  • Put all your addresses, salutations and information in an excel spread sheet so you can do a mail merge. If you haven’t any experience with a mail merge. Click here for an online tutorial.
  • Letters of Recommendation. So this can be handled one of two ways.  One Bev Owens can print a copy of the letter of recommendation and seal it and it can be included in your packet or, and if time is of the issue, this may be your best bet, indicate in your cover letter that your letters of recommendation (and who they are from) will be forwarded under separate cover.  If you need help phrasing this, we are happy to review your resume and cover letter.
  • Triple check everything that you are putting in the envelopes. Pro Tip: print off your labels first so that you can be labeling your envelopes while your resume, cover letter, transcript and writing sample print.

 

CCD Big Table Discussion w/ Katie Vaky ’17 Monday [2.19] at 12:15pm

On Monday, February 19, one of our amazing 2017 alumni, Katherine Vaky, will be at the CCD Big Table @ 12:15pm to discuss clerkships. Her current clerkship is with Judge Mark Hornak in the Western District of Pennsylvania. She will be following that clerkship working with the Honorable Judge Robert Wilkins with the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Katie is a great resource to discuss not only the clerkship process, but how to maximize your clerkship experience. Prior to graduation Katie spent her 1L summer at a small firm in Des Moines, IA and her 2L summer at a large firm in Atlanta GA. Hope to see you all Monday!

Class of 2019 Send Your Applications Now! by the Clerkship Committee

On Behalf of the Clerkship Committee. Please contact Professor D’Onfro, Professor Finneran, Professor Richards, Professor Sachs or Mahrya Fulfer Page with questions.

Dear Class of 2019:

If you are interested in clerking, the time to send out applications is now! A number of judges are actively interviewing so the sooner you can send out your applications, the better.  If you have already sent out applications but not yet heard from judges, you should send an updated resume and grade sheet along with a letter reiterating your interest in the clerkship.

You should not wait for either the new class rankings or your letters of recommendation to send out applications.  You can note that the class rank for the fall is not yet available.  When it becomes available, you can update your applications.  If you used our form cover letter, it is carefully worded so that you can send your materials ahead of your references.  Judges who are interested in you but still missing a letter are likely to call the reference (many call even if they receive letters).  The most important thing is for you to send out your materials before your target judges finish hiring.

As a reminder, we now have master lists of the names and addresses of (nearly) all state and federal judges on Symplicity.  Use them to apply broadly.

Best of luck!

The Clerkship Committee

Why Clerk? Pt. 4 by Professor Mary Perry

Since you are already accustomed to living on a budget, don’t let compensation get in the way of pursuing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A clerkship may not be your most immediately lucrative option after graduation, but your clerkship will help you make connections that will help throughout your career. The nature of the judicial appointment and election processes naturally mean that judges tend to be extremely connected people! A phone call from the circuit judge for whom I clerked helped me secure my first post-clerkship job as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles! And your career isn’t measured in the year or two of lower compensation while you are clerking. Some clerkships open doors that will make the financial sky-the-limit. And as corny as it may sound, you may end up looking back fondly on the financial challenge. My clerkship salary was supporting me, my husband, and then two-year-old daughter. We couldn’t afford a rental car when our sole car needed repairs. So I rode each day to and from the three-day California bar exam on the back seat of a tandem bike with our daughter behind us in a trailer. It was actually kind of fun, and my husband and I still laugh about the situation. The bottomline: rarely does anyone regret clerking, despite the lesser compensation; but people often regret not clerking!

Why Clerk? Pt. 3 by Professor Mary Perry

Don’t dismiss trial court clerkships!  I was surprised when my appellate judge stated that she missed the power she had as a trial court judge. What? I took a double take. Did she really mean she had more power as a trial judge? That’s not what I learned in law school, but, yes, she did mean that. She explained that many issues are subject to deferential standards of review. The appellate court has very little to say about those issues. For example, issues reviewed for abuse of discretion must be affirmed so long as the decision was not an abuse of discretion even if the appellate court would not have resolved the issue in the way that the trial court had. These trial court decisions can play a major role in framing the case. I had never thought about the power of the trial court in that way. So I encourage you to consider trial court clerkships. The work is interesting, and there is much more power than meets the eye!

Why Clerk? Pt. 2 by Mary Perry

Why do people rave so much about clerkships? Where do you begin to answer that question—Is it the nature of the work? The power to help decide issues? The challenge of acting as a neutral rather than advocate? The list goes on. But I want to focus on the last one today. As a law clerk, your judge will likely ask your opinion as to how the judge should rule. The ultimate decision, of course, belongs to the judge. But your opinion will help guide the judge’s final choice. Guess what—you have received very little hands-on training in serving as a neutral. If you worked at a firm in the summer or externed at a non-profit or participated in a school clinic, you were advocating for a party. You generally knew which result you preferred, and your job was to craft the best argument to support that conclusion. Well, throw that bias away. As a clerk, your job is to help determine the correct result, unconstrained by client preferences. This is far more challenging than it sounds and is one of the first obstacles a new clerk encounters. I cannot think of another position that provides this unique opportunity. This challenge can be quite intimidating in the beginning, but you and your co-clerks will learn to master this challenge during your time in chambers, developing an unspoken understanding of what you have accomplished.

Why Clerk? Pt. 1 by Professor Mary Perry

When I think about my clerkships with a federal district court judge in St. Louis and a Ninth Circuit judge in Los Angeles, I think often about the relationships that I created. Not just with the judges, which were both wonderful relationships, although sadly, both judges are now deceased, but also with my co-clerks. Recently, a story in the news prompted me to reach out to my Ninth Circuit co-clerks. Even though that clerkship was 25 years ago, the email that I sent commenting on the news article prompted immediate responses from both co-clerks despite their busy schedules as high-powered attorneys in prestigious T100 law firms. A flurry of emails followed, discussing our now-deceased judge and how she would respond to the news, and urging a reunion of our trio in Los Angeles, should I come to visit. A clerkship may only last for a year or two, but the connections that you make with your judge and your colleagues—those last a lifetime. This result follows in part from the nature of a judicial chambers. It is a small working group: the judge, an assistant and one or more clerks.  The work that you do cannot be discussed with anyone but that group. And so you develop a special bond. Next blogpost, I will discuss another reason why the experience fosters such strong connections.

Should You Consider A Judicial Internship This Summer?

Judicial internships and judicial clerkships are not the same.  A judicial clerkship is a post-graduate clerk position (usually a term of 1 – 2 years).  A judicial internship is a summer position, that does not lead to a post-graduate position with the judge.

Are summer judicial internships beneficial?  Absolutely!  1L summer is the best time to consider a judicial internship.  Consider your long term career goals when deciding which judges you should apply to for a summer position.  We will help you navigate these decisions and the process.  We will help you prepare your application materials.  Impress your summer judge and you may find that doors open for post-graduate clerkships with other judges.  Apply over winter break.

Are summer judicial internships paid?  No.  Never.  You should simply feel grateful for a great opportunity. However, the 1L summer public interest program at WashULaw does fund summer internships.  More information is coming soon.  Also, some organizations, like the ABA, will fund a judicial internship.

Sending Paper Applications? We Can Help.

Many judges still prefer paper applications.  Schedule a time to print, sort and prepare your paper applications in the Center for Career Development.  We can help you print, proof read, and assemble your cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcripts, letters of recommendation and any additional application materials requested in one packet.  We will pay the postage and mail the application for you.

Bev Owens, Assistant Director for Faculty Support, will provide sealed letters of recommendation for paper clerkship applications.  Try to allow at least 5 business days for letters of recommendation.  However, if it is an emergency, let us know.  (If you need to mail the application before the letters of recommendation are completed, Ms. Owens can mail the letters separately).

Schedule a time through Tanya Bishop!

Attorney Tuesday 10.24.17 With Career Clerk Michelle Akinsiku Hayde ’06

Clerking is not only a fantastic stepping stone to a successful career, but clerking itself can be a rewarding career.  Please drop in the CCD on Tuesday (10-24) to meet career clerk Michelle Akinsiku Hayde (2006) from 12:15-1:00 for Attorney Tuesday.

Michelle is career clerk for Judge Staci M. Yandle.  She began her legal career as a litigator- first with the Attorney General’s office and then with litigation firms.  Since March 2015, Michelle been clerking with the Southern District of Illinois.  She completed a temporary clerkship with Judge Rosenstengel from March 2015-August 2015 and then began a clerkship with Judge Yandle in August 2015.  In March 2016, Michelle accepted a career clerkship with Judge Yandle and has found clerking to be a wonderful and rewarding position.

Pull the Docket, Get the Clerkship by Bloomberg Law’s Pam Morgan

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Applying for a judicial clerkship?  Want to stand out in your interview?  Take the time to learn about the judge’s case load by pulling and reviewing their dockets.   Your familiarity with their current cases will give you relevant subjects to discuss during the interview.  Also, be sure to demonstrate your passion for the legal profession by brushing up on hot topics, current legal issues, and the latest legal news.  Check out Bloomberg Law’s Judicial Clerkship Resource page for access to all of these resources.