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Judicial Clerkships

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

Judicial Clerkships: A Bibliography

Student Lawyer

Student Lawyer, the magazine of the ABA's Law Student Division, has had a number of articles about clerkships. If you're a member, you can read past issues online; whether or not you're a member, you can read them on HeinOnline (UW Restricted) or use the library's print copies: KF287.S77, current issues at Reference Area; older volumes at Classified Stacks.

  • Bill Chamberlain, What to Know about Your First Summer Internship, 45 Student Law. 7, 2016, at 7, available on HeinOnline
  • Darhiana Mateo Tellez, Clerkship Confidential: Judges Reveal What It Takes To Get Inside Their CourtroomMar. 2015, at 28, available on HeinOnline.
  • Judicial Clerkships for All: Tips for the Other 90 Percent, Nov. 2011, at 14, available on HeinOnline.
  • Get Your Resume Noticed with a Judicial Clerkship, May 2009, at 5, available on HeinOnline.
  • Debra M. Straus, Judge for Yourself, Student Law., Mar. 2004, at 25, available on HeinOnline. "Regardless of what you might assume, judicial clerkship opportunities are available to all students. Find out how to begin pursuing one, whether you're in your first, second or final year of law school - or even beyond."
  • 10 Simple Rules for Applying for a Judicial Clerkship, Student Law., Sept. 2003, at 22, available on HeinOnline.
  • Debra M. Strauss, 6 Simple Rules for Judicial Clerkship Interviewing, Student Law., Oct. 2003, at 32, available on HeinOnline. "You've mailed your judicial clerkship applications and are waiting for a reply. Before the judge's chambers calls, it's a good idea to start thinking about the next step in your clerkship search--the interview."
  • Judicial Clerkships: An Alternative Route, Student Law, Nov. 2002, at 28, available on HeinOnline. "There's still time to apply if you want the unparalleled experience of clerking for a judge, but you may have to look in places that aren't obvious."
  • The Clerkship Club, Student Law., Oct. 2001, p. 18, available on HeinOnline. "Clerking for a judge can be an excellent way to gain a mentor and obtain direct experience with the courts and the law."
  • The Lowdown on Landing a Judicial Clerkship, Student Law., Oct. 2000, at 36, available on HeinOnline. "Although I don't offer this article as the single definitive source on how to obtain one of these coveted positions, I hope that reading about my experience helps you in your quest."

More Advice

  • Alvin B. Rubin and Anthony DiLeo. Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges (2017), available on HeinOnline
  • Erika Winston, Clerkships: Providing Real-World Experience, 31 Wash. Law. 16, 17 (2017), available at HeinOnline
  • Mishkah Ismail; Andrew Kim; David E. Hackett; Michelle L. Tran, How to Apply for a Clerkship - And What to Expect, 32 GPSolo 46, 52 (2015), available on HeinOnline.
  • Meredith M. Fry, The Clerkship Advantage, 83 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 16, 16 (2014), available on HeinOnline.
  • Maintaining the Public Trust: Ethics for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, Federal Judicial Center (2013), available on HeinOnline
  • Phil Pemberton, Building a Summer Clerkship, 81 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 14, 18 (2012), available on HeinOnline.
  • Ruggero J. Aldisert et al., Rat Race: Insider Advice on Landing Judicial Clerkships, 110 Penn. St. L. Rev. 835 (2006), available on HeinOnline (UW Restricted). Written by a senior judge from the Third Circuit and two of his clerks.
  • Karin Dwelle, From Clerking to Clients: What the Clerkship Experience Taught Us About Litigation, Advocate (Idaho Bar Ass'n), July 2005, at 15, available on HeinOnline
  • David J. Richman, How to Be a Great Law Clerk, 35 Litigation 16 (2008). Written by a Colorado state appellate judge about his experiences as a clerk for both a federal appellate judge and a trial judge. available on HeinOnline.
  • The Value of Judicial Clerkships to a Transactional Career, reprinted (with permission) from NALP Bull., Jan. 2009.
  • The Courts: An Excellent Place for Attorneys of Color to Launch Their Careers (2007), from NALP.

Social Scientists Look at Clerkships

  • Courting the Clerkship: Perspectives on the Opportunities and Obstacles for Judicial Clerkships, Judges J., Spring 2001, at 10, available on HeinOnline. Excerpts from a NALP report.
  • Derek T. Muller, Federal Judicial Clerkship Report of Recent Law School Graduates, 2020 Edition (June 9, 2020), SSRN
  • Todd C. Peppers et al., Inside Judicial Chambers: How Federal District Court Judges Select and Use Their Law Clerks, 71 Alb. L. Rev. 623 (2008), available on HeinOnline. Presents results of a survey conducted in fall 2006.
  • Stephen L. Wasby, "Why Clerk? What Did I Get Out of It?,56 J. Legal Educ. 411 (2006), available on HeinOnline. How do students decide which judges to clerk for, how do students evaluate their clerkship experience, and what is the effect of the clerkship on the students' careers? Article based on political scientist's interviews of people who clerked for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin (Ninth Circuit).

NALP Reports