MSU College of Law

Judicial Clerkship Resources

Judicial clerkships provide excellent legal training for attorneys, often laying the foundation for careers. Judges at almost all levels employ recent law school graduates or attorneys as clerks to assist them in their duties. The nature of a law clerk's work varies with each court or individual judge. Students interested in applying for clerkship positions should investigate the process thoroughly and early in their law school careers.

Obtaining Good Recommendations (PDF)

Vermont Law School Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
Students interested in applying for state-level clerkships should consult with this guide. A password is available via Career Network within the Password Protected Job Sites section.

Judicial Clerkships: Federal Staff Attorney Positions (PDF)

OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Application and Review)

Interview Feedback Form: Please complete this form after each interview for a judicial clerkship.

Links to Relevant Sites

Additional Information about Federal Law Clerk Hiring:

The following books regarding judicial clerkships are available in our Resource Center:

  1. The Directory of Minority Judges of the United States, Third Edition
  2. Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, Debra M. Strauss, Esq.
  3. BNAís Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges, and Clerks, 2003 Edition, Catherine A. Kitchell
  4. Judicial Yellow Book

If you have questions about the law clerk hiring process, please contact Career Services at 517/432-6830 or