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Federal Judicial Clerkships

March 2017 Judicial Clerkship Handbook
OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Application and Review)
  • Official Website Developed by the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts
  • Judges Post Open Clerkship Positions
  • Applicants Upload Application Materials
  • Recommenders Upload Letters
Instructions for Requesting Hard-Copy and pdf Clerkship Recommendation Letters
  • Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions Each Time you Request Letters
  • Applies to Federal- and State-Court Applications.
Clerkship Recommendation Form for Applicants
  • Complete this form and provide to each of your recommenders, once they have agreed to write a recommendation letter for you
Symplicity Clerkship Module
  • Resource for Creating Excel Spreadsheets of Judges' Mailing Addresses
  • Use Your Symplicity Log-in Information and Click "Clerkships"
Mail-Merge Instructions
  • Use With Spreadsheets Created Using Symplicity Clerkship Module
  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Creates Individually Addressed Cover Letters
Job Vacancies in the U.S. Court System
  • Search For Job Openings Using These Titles: Career Law Clerk, Judicial Law Clerk, Staff Attorney, Supervisory Staff Attorney, U.S. Magistrate Judge
Federal Court Jurisdictional Map
  • Geographic Boundaries of the United States Courts of Appeal and District Courts
Judicial Nominations and Confirmations
  • Senate Judiciary Committee's Official Web Page
Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (AFJ)
  • Located on Westlaw; Use Westlaw Password
  • In the All Content Tab, Choose Directories at the Bottom Right
  • The AFJ is Listed Under Other Directories
  • Profiles Circuit, District and Key Bankruptcy and Magistrate Judges
  • Provides Biographical Information, Noteworthy Rulings, Lawyer Evaluations and Media Coverage
Leadership Connect (Yellow Books)
  • Phone, mail and email contact information for judges and their staff members
  • No username or password required if accessing on campus
  • Off-campus access, available only to current students: use this link and enter Cornell NetID and password
  • Links to Relevant Articles by and About Judges
  • Provides Details About Judges' Dockets, Jury Verdicts and Settlements
  • Go to Lexis Advanced
  • Find the "Lexis Advanced Research" box at the top left
  • Click the 3x3 square just to the left of that box
  • Select "Litigation Profile Suite"
  • Select "Judge" and Enter Name
Maintaining the Public Trust: Ethics for Federal Judicial Law Clerks
  • Brochure published in 2013 by the Federal Judicial Center
Clerkships with Administrative Law Judges
  • Hiring Practices of Administrative Law Judges
  • Current as of February 2016
Clerkships and International Students
  • NALP Article, May 2012
  • Considers Visa Issues and Application Strategies
U.S. Supreme Court Application Basics
  • NALP Article, October 2002