Judicial clerkships are an excellent way to begin your legal career. They are generally one or two year positions that involve working closely with one or more judges or with a pool of clerks to conduct research, write memoranda, draft decisions, observe the daily life of the law in action, and discuss the merits of on-going cases with judges and other clerks. If you are interested in considering a clerkship, we encourage you to talk with one or more of your professors, both to get additional information about clerkships and because you will need a letter of recommendation from a faculty member to apply for a clerkship.
Lists and references for clerkships are available from the following links:
The Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures-http://forms.vermontlaw.edu/career/guides/ (call Career Services for password)
(OSCAR) The Federal Judiciary’s Online System for Clerkship Application and Review is an online system for applicants to apply to participating federal judges. Note that some judges will only accept applications via OSCAR and may no longer accept paper applications (and vice versa); other judges will accept both online and paper applications. https://oscar.symplicity.com (direct link to OSCAR log-in page)
Appeals Court- http://www.mass.gov/courts/appealscourt/law_clerks.html
Supreme Judicial Court- http://www.mass.gov/courts/sjc/law-clerk.html
Supreme Court- http://www.courts.state.nh.us/aoc/hr/clerkinfosupreme.htm
Superior Court- http://www.courts.state.nh.us/superior/sulawclerkjobpost.htm
Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Trial Court and Tax Court - http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/lawclerks/
Supreme Court and Superior Court (trial courts)- http://www.vermontjudiciary.org/JC/MasterPages/HR-Employment.aspxhttp://www.vermontjudiciary.org/Employment/supreme%205.13.pdf
Also, for Career Search Guides and additional information about Judicial Clerkships application procedures, visit the CAREER HANDOUTS section of this website.