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Federal Judicial Clerkships

June 2018 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 your 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 2018 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