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Applicant Resources

Use these links to jump-start your application process.

Applicant Intake Form 
Please fill in and submit this form to OJC at the outset of your clerkship application process.

Register in Symplicity as “Clerkship Active”
Get email notices about programs, events, and judicial clerkship job opportunities. You can also sign up for appointments with a clerkships adviser.

Online System for Clerkship Application and Review
If you’re interested in a federal clerkship, register with OSCAR, the federal clerkship job database. 

Courseworks
Registration required. Here, you’ll find exclusive content such as judge lists and our Columbia Clerks Directory. 

 

 

Leadership Connect
Provides useful biographical information about federal and state judges. Due to licensing restrictions, you can only log on automatically from a computer connected to the Columbia network. To access Leadership Connect remotely, please use the virtual library link and log in with your UNI.

Federal Judiciary Website
Contains extensive information about the federal court system, including descriptions of various Article III courts, federal salary tables, a description of the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan, and information about judicial vacancies, nominations, and confirmations.

Federal Judicial Center
Contains biographies of federal judges, as well as descriptions of various federal courts.

Senate Nominations Website
Current listings of recent judicial nominations and confirmations. Click on “Civilian Nominations” pending or confirmed.

Alliance for Justice: Judicial Selection Project
Generate various reports about the federal judiciary. You can create a report of, for example, judges appointed by a particular president, or the demographics of judges on a particular court.

Federal Administrative Law Judges' Post Graduate Clerkship Hiring Information 
A summary of information from various Office of Administrative Law Judges within federal agencies regarding post-graduate clerkship hiring.

Vermont Law School Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures 
Detailed application guidelines for all of the state court systems in the United States. This “Access the Guide” site is password protected. Please contact [email protected] for the CLS login credential.

Ballotpedia
A digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections at all levels of government.

 

Diversity on the Federal Bench
The lists in this section provided by the FJC display all current and former federal judges in certain demographic categories. The categories shown here can be combined with other criteria, including court, nominating president, and commission date, using the advanced search feature of the Biographical Directory of Article III Judges.

Just the Beginning Foundation 
Celebrates diversity within the federal judiciary. Contains information about programming as well as lists of African American, Asian American, Latinx American, Native American, and female judges in the federal judiciary.

WEBINAR: Law Clerks Who Look Like the People—Clerkship Tips for Law Students of Color
Webinar on the unique barriers that law students of color might experience when considering clerking and how to overcome them. Sponsored by the Equal Justice Society, California ChangeLawyers, and American Constitution 

 

Clerkship Recommendation Form
Fill this out before asking for recommendations!  It will provide recommenders with the information they need to draft meaningful and compelling recommendations.

Confidentiality Waiver Form
Please submit one waiver for each of your recommenders.

Create a Mail Merge File Using Symplicity 
This document explains how to use the clerkship module in Symplicity to create a merge file (“Merge File”) and compose merged cover letters and envelope labels. You may also want to download a Cover Letter Template and Label Template (Avery 5162 labels). If you cannot find the judge through the Symplicity clerkship module, download a Mail Merge Template and fill in the appropriate information, which can be found on Leadership Connect. If you are applying to the Supreme Court, download a SCOTUS Mail Merge Template.  As a reminder, you must complete your Merge File(s) prior to sharing with your recommender's assistant or the Secretariat, as applicable. Please see our tips for working with Faculty Recommender Assistants for best practices.

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