Judicial Clerkships

Judicial clerkships are available in federal, state and municipal courts across the country.  A judicial clerkship is an extremely valuable post-graduate career opportunity. In addition to affording a recent law school graduate the opportunity to polish research and writing skills, a judicial clerkship can provide an excellent introduction to a specific court and practice area and a chance to observe attorneys in the court room who have substantial experience and expertise. Further, law clerks observe the system of justice from a perspective they won’t have again unless they become a judge. This inside view of the judicial decision making process will assist law clerks in becoming effective advocates for their clients in their later career. A clerkship also offers the clerk an opportunity to make important contacts with the legal community, starting with the judge, who often is eager to serve as a mentor.

Judicial clerkships provide a bridge between law school and the practice of law.  The experience and training obtained through a judicial clerkship is valued by most law firms, government agencies, corporate entities and public interest organizations.  Many employers view a clerkship as an important element of a lawyer’s training and a clerkship often enhances a new attorney’s marketability to legal employers. A clerkship can provide a year of intensive training that will be highly valued by employers who often do not have the resources to train new lawyers. 

The Judicial Clerkship page of this blog contains information and resources available to help students and alumni learn more about these unique opportunities and how to apply for them.