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Judicial Clerkships

This guide covers U.S. (federal), Washington State, and other state court clerkships.

Hiring Information

Where can I find information specifically about clerkships?

Who's hiring, how many clerks, what's the salary, and so on?

State & Federal Clerkship

Northwest Consortium Judicial Clerkship Database

  • Provides detailed information about clerkship and externship opportunities with judges in the western United States. Information is compiled by eleven participating law schools, and is available to students from these schools. Also contains a Judicial Clerkship Handbook and links to other judicial clerkship websites. 
  • University of Washington School of Law students may request login information from the Student & Career Services. Students should first review the Clerkship page on the Student & Career Services website and the Clerkship Manual (UW restricted). The information contained in the Career Services resources enables students to get the most out of external resources available.

Vermont Law School Judicial Clerkship & Internship Resources


  • PSJD lists some internship and clerkship opportunities. Registrationis free for current UW Law students and alumni.

Just The Beginning Externships

Federal Clerkships

OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Application and Review)

  • OSCAR is the central online resource for federal law clerk and appellate court staff attorney hiring. Applicants can locate federal clerkships, create and submit applications, and generate electronic requests for recommendation letters. Its website features include a list of Applicant FAQs and a Glossary (pdf).
  • The Federal Law Clerk Hiring Best Practices page provides voluntary guidelines for judges when recruiting and hiring clerkship applicants.

Just the Beginning's Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program

  • The Share The Wealth Clerkship Program For Law Students is a referral program run by judges. Participating judges screen qualified law student applicants, conduct panel interviews with fourteen students, and consider them for full-time clerkship positions. At the conclusion of this initial process, students who are not extended an offer by one of the judges may have their application packages shared with additional judges who have requested information on applicants through JTB. Updated information can be find on the Just the Beginning website. 

Washington State Clerkships

  • University of Washington School of Law students should request access to application information through the Student & Career Services, as well as to set up a clerkship advising meeting. Information on setting up a meeting as well as other starting information can be found on the UW School of Law's Clerkship page.
  • Washington Courts clerkship information: