Judicial Clerkship Info for Career Services
NALP STATEMENT ON THE FEDERAL LAW CLERK HIRING PLAN
August 1, 2012
NALP supports policies and procedures that strive to create a level playing field in the legal hiring arena, and programs that support equal access to all legal jobs. The Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan created by the federal judges’ Ad Hoc Committee on Law Clerk Hiring provides a practical way for students from all law schools to compete fairly for consideration for some of the most highly sought post-graduate legal employment opportunities in the United States. A growing number of federal judges have chosen not to participate in the voluntary plan. As a result, some law schools have elected to facilitate the applications of students applying to off-plan judges. NALP understands that each law school must apply its own policies and rules for assuring that the recruiting activities involving its own students are as fair as possible.
NALP supports the idea of a hiring plan for federal judicial clerkships that ensures an equal opportunity for all eligible law students to compete fairly for available opportunities. NALP believes that the OSCAR system and the federal judiciary’s OSCAR Working Group can and should continue to play an important role in ensuring that all law students have access to the available information about federal clerkship hiring, and NALP encourages all federal judges to continue to use OSCAR as their primary tool for communicating with potential clerkship applicants and for collecting clerkship applications and related materials.
Insight and Inside Information for Select State Court Clerkships (PDF) - Updated July 2013
Judicial Clerkships: Federal Staff Attorney Positions (PDF), NALP Bulletin, December 2008
Toolkit for Creating a Regional Judicial Clerkship Database (PDF), February 1, 2008
Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR)
2009 E-mail Updates from OSCAR Working Group: