Please click here if you are a Loyola Law School graduate seeking judicial clerkship information. Judicial clerkships are post-graduate positions. To learn more about judicial externships, please click here.
Clerking for a judge can be an invaluable and exciting experience. As a clerk, you will have an opportunity to assist a judge with all aspects of the judicial process. You will conduct legal research, write memoranda, draft opinions, observe judicial proceedings and sit in on conferences. In doing so, you will gain an understanding of the legal process which can only be learned by working as a judge or as a part of a "judge’s chambers." It is a truly unique opportunity to have an impact on the law.
The federal clerkship application process is extremely competitive. Candidates should be in the top 20% of their class and members of law review. Teacher or research assistant experience, externship experience, and significant prior work experience are required. Applicants must also obtain top letters of recommendation from faculty and previous employers. Please read the Overview of Federal Judicial Clerkships and Federal Clerkships for more information. If you are competitive for a clerkship, contact Professor Aimee Dudovitz and Professor Jessica Levinson for guidance on resume design and application preparation.
- Register with OSCAR
- OSCAR Tips for Applicants:
- OSCAR Tips for Recommenders: Find sample recommendation letters, tips on file uploads, and information regarding conversion guidelines in OSCAR. Once you have logged in, select the "Recommenders Resources" tab within the "Resources" section.
Students interested in a state clerkship can watch the State Court Clerkship Panel event recording (from 10/23/12). Those with questions may contact Assistant Director for Career Services Brooke Loesby.
- Los Angeles Superior Court Law Clerk
- California Judicial Branch Career Opportunities
- National Center for State Courts Employment Opportunities
- Vermont Law School's Guide to State Clerkships: Consult the "Resources" section of the Loyola Law School Symplicity system or contact the Office of Career Services for the username and password.
- Insight and Inside Information for Select State Court Clerkships
Several of the hard copy resources listed below are available in the Office of Career Services and/or the Rains Library.
- Federal Judicial Center
- Tracking Federal Judicial Nominations and Confirmations
- Judicial Profiles
- Aspen Publishers Editorial Staff, Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (2013).
- Leadership Directories, Inc., Judicial Yellow Book (2013).
- List, What Does a Judge Look for in a Clerk?.
- Ruggero J. Aldisert, Ryan C. Kirkpatrick & James R. Stevens, Rat Race: Insider Advice on Landing Judicial Clerkships, 110 Penn St. L. Rev. 835 (2005).
- Ruggero J. Aldisert, Meehan Rasch & Matthew P. Bartlett, Opinion Writing and Opinion Readers, 31 Cardozo L. Rev. 1 (2009).
- Lawrence O. Anderson, United States Magistrate Judge: The Utility Fielder of the Federal Courts, 43 AZ Attorney 10 (2007).
- Stephen V. Armstrong & Timothy P. Terrel, Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (3rd ed. 2008).
- Dan Filler, The Coming Judicial Clerkship Application Crush (2009), http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2009/05/the-coming-judicial-clerkship-application-crush.html.
- For People of Color, Inc., A Guide to the Judicial Clerkship Application Process For People of Color, available at http://forpeopleofcolor.org/guides/guide-to-the-judicial-clerkship-application-process/ (last visited Aug. 30, 2013).
- Robert Iafolla, High Court Snatches Up Ninth Circuit Clerks (2011) Daily J., http://dailyjournal.com/.
- National Association for Law Placement, The Courts: An Excellent Place for Attorneys of Color to Launch Their Careers (2007), http://www.nalp.org/assets/550_07courtsminoritybrochurew.pdf.
- Deborah Schneider, Judicial Clerkships for Everyone, 35 Student Law. 18 (2006).
- Jennifer Sheppard, The "Write" Way: A Judicial Clerk's Guide to Writing for the Court, 38 U. Balt. L. Rev. 73 (2009).
- Debra M. Strauss, Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships (2002).
- Zoe Tillman, A Shift to Magistrate Judges (2011) National L.J., http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202501515515&A_shift_to_magistrate_judges__.
- Colleen Truden, Obtaining Good Judicial Clerkship Recommendations, 21 NALP Bulletin 14 (2009).
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