Judicial Clerkships 101: What You Need To Know To Get the Job You Want

CourthouseHave you ever wondered how judges make decisions, or been curious about what really goes on in the “robing room”? Would you like to take a peak behind the curtain and see why cases are won or lost, or learn how new law is made? Do you find yourself longing to “grant” and “deny” the requests of those around you? Are you willing to take a massive pay cut to put off working at a law firm for a year?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, a judicial clerkship might be just the job for you!

The Basics

Is Clerking Really All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
Explore the pros and cons of a judicial clerkship, before you throw your hat in the ring.

How to Get a Federal Judicial Clerkship: Overview of the Application Process
Understand the federal judicial clerkship application process, and learn why the job you want might already be gone!

Wondering Where to Apply? Consider These 4 Factors
Deciding where to apply for clerkships can be extremely challenging. Streamline your decision making by considering four critical factors.

What Does the Future Look Like for Rising 2L Judicial Clerkship Applicants?
Fairuz Abdullah, Associate Director for Public Interest and Clerkship Programs at UC-Hastings School of Law, talks about 2L clerkship hiring after the demise of the Clerkship Hiring Plan.

How to Make Your Clerkship Application Shine

Once you’ve decided where to apply, it’s time to buff and polish your application until it really shines!

Make Your Clerkship Application Shine: The Basics
What will maximize your clerkship chances? Find out here.

A Judge Wants to Interview You, Now What?

Your applications are in, and you’re waiting for the phone to ring. What can you do right now to maximize your chances of getting the job you want? Make a plan!

Judicial Clerkship Interviews: The Basics
What’s your game plan when the phone rings and a judge is on the line?

What You Need To Know About Scheduling Clerkship Interviews
The order of your clerkship interviews can be outcome determinative, particularly for federal clerkships. Improve your odds by scheduling interviews intelligently.

What Actually Happens at a Clerkship Interview?
Great, you’ve got an interview. Now what? Find out what you’re likely to be asked, and what one thing you can do to drastically increase your odds of a successful interview.

The Aftermath

Despite your best efforts, sometimes things don’t go as planned.

I Didn’t Get a Clerkship, Now What?
All is not lost, and you’ve still got options.

Your Clerkship Plans Didn’t Work Out — What’s Next?
Fairuz Abdullah, Associate Director for Public Interest and Clerkship Programs at UC-Hastings School of Law, returns with advice on what to do if your first round of clerkship applications didn’t result in a job.

Judges Compete for Law Clerks on a Lawless Terrain (NY Times)
Slightly histrionic, but worth reading to get a sense of how crazy the process really can be, particularly in the SDNY.