The resources in this section will help you learn about the process of applying to clerkships and provide you with helpful information on the judge and courts where you may wish to clerk.
Judicial Clerkship Handbook
You should refer to the handbook, which contains substantive and procedural information regarding how to apply for clerkships, our historical clerk list and other useful material.
Register as a Clerkship Applicant
If you want to receive clerkship-related emails, log in to Symplicity and select the Clerkships module. Then select “Yes” under “Clerkship Search Active.”
Log on to create a merge file and browse interview and clerkship evaluations. You can also make appointments with a clerkship advisor via Symplicity. If you are unable to find an available appointment in Symplicity, please email the Clerkship Office directly.
Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR)
Information about all federal judicial clerkship openings as well as an online interface to apply electronically to those judges who wish to receive applications in this format. All applicants must register with OSCAR in order to access the system and receive periodic updates about clerkship openings.
Clerkships @ CLS Blog
The blog contains lots of useful information about clerkships, such as judges' hiring timelines, OSCAR postings, and information based upon phone calls that we and our peer schools make to judges' chambers. Alumni should contact the Clerkship Office for log in information.
Clerkship Application Timeline
An at-a-glance look at what potential clerkship applicants should be thinking about as 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls.
Nuts & Bolts of Applying for Clerkships
Slides from the "OSCAR Party!: Nuts & Bolts of Applying for Clerkships program on 2/6/19
Alliance for Justice: Judicial Selection Project
Generate various reports about the federal judiciary. Users can create a report of, for example, judges appointed by a particular president, or the demographics of judges on a particular court.
Federal Judicial Center
Contains biographies of federal judges as well as descriptions of various federal courts.
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.
Just the Beginning Foundation
Celebrates diversity within the federal judiciary. Contains information about programming as well as lists of African American, Asian American, Latino/a American, Native American, and women judges in the federal judiciary.
Senate Nominations Website
Current listings of recent judicial nominations and confirmations. Click on "civilian nominations" pending or confirmed.
The Leadership Library
Provides useful biographical information about federal and state judges. Please note: Due to licensing restrictions, you can only log on automatically from a computer connected to the Columbia network.
Vermont Law School Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures
Detailed application guidelines for all of the state court systems in the United States. Click on "Access the Guide" to access information. This site is password protected. CLS login credentials are Username: copper and Password: beech
Insight and Information: How to select a State Court Clerkship
NALP brings you some helpful hints and thinking points to ponder about State Court Clerkships
Federal Administrative Law Judges' Post Graduate Clerkship Hiring Information
This Guide summarizes information from various Office of Administrative Law Judges within federal agencies regarding post-graduate clerkship hiring.
Bankruptcy Clerkships: An Overlooked Opportunity
NALP highlights reasons why students and alumni should consider clerkships in bankruptcy court.