Friday, June 7, 2013

New Jersey Trial Court Clerkships

We hope your summer is off to a good start!  Although it may seem early, students interested in applying for post-graduate clerkships with the Superior Court (Trial Court) of New Jersey should start the process now.  All judges in New Jersey hire law clerks for a one year term.  The application and hiring process occurs on a rolling basis; however, many judges begin interviewing candidates in the summer and early fall, so early applications are encouraged.  A detailed information guide - 2013 NJ Trial Clerkship Information Packet - is posted in the Document Library in the Resources section of Symplicity.
Students who want the Office of Career Development to mail their applications for receipt by the judges in late June may deliver assembled applications to the office on the following dates:
June 17, 18 & 19 from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
June 20 from 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Applications should include a cover letter and resume.  Transcripts, writings samples and a list of references may also be included.  Application materials should be assembled for each judge and paper-clipped or otherwise fastened to keep the materials together.  Applications should also be pre-sorted by vicinage and then alphabetically by each judge within each vicinage.  When you bring in your applications you will sort them into the proper mailing bin for each judge.  Depending upon the number of applications you will be submitting, this process may take an hour or more so be sure to plan accordingly.
An Excel spread sheet with the judges' addresses and assignments in the various vicinages is also posted in Symplicity in the Resources section title "NJ Trial  Court Judges List (2013)."   This file can be used to mail merge your cover letter to the judges to whom you want to apply.

PLEASE NOTE:  You do not need to be part of the Rutgers mailing to apply for trial court clerkships.  You may send your materials directly to judges separately at any time or submit your application through the New Jersey State Judiciary’s centralized electronic system (see the Information Packet for details).  Remember, though, that the Judiciary encourages early applications (June – September) to increase the likelihood of securing interviews.

If you have any questions about these clerkships or the application process, please contact us.