MC Law places special emphasis on the benefits of judicial clerkships. Two seminars are held each year: one early in the first semester for 3Ls and one late in the second semester for 2Ls. Current judges and clerks are brought in to meet with students to explain the benefits, duties, and requirements for judicial clerks as well as answer any questions students might have. Prof. Debbie Challener, former clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is our faculty advisor for the students.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the On-Line System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR). OSCAR is a web-based system that enables clerkship applicants to file complete applications, and recommenders to file letters of recommendation, on-line. Applicants will be able to sort and screen clerkships and designate the OSCAR-participant judges to whom they wish to apply. Judges will be able to sort and screen the applications directed to them. Law school administrators will be able to view student applicant information, upload applicant documents, and coordinate the submission of faculty letters.
In addition to OSCAR, students and alumni planning to apply for federal clerkships should use their Symplicity account to review an up-to-date list of all federal judges currently hiring. This includes those that do not use OSCAR and specifies how they prefer to receive applications. Symplicity also gives applicants the ability to export addresses into an Excel document to create a merge file for mailing purposes. If you do not have a Symplicity account please access the link listed below.
- Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR): Allows applicants to select the federal judges for whom they wish to apply and then build and submit their applications online. When the application process is complete, the judges can log on and begin the hiring process. http://oscar.uscourts.gov
- Symplicity : Provides the ability to search all federal judicial clerkships available and to create merge files for mail purposes. The site is updated on a bi-weekly basis. http://law-mc-csm.symplicity.com
- American Bankruptcy Institute: Provides good information and links for an overview of bankruptcy judges and clerkship opportunities. http://www.abiworld.org
- The Federal Judiciary Online: This page, maintained by “Internships-USA,” is designed to give students access to the addresses of the federal bench. The addresses of over 2000 members of the federal judiciary are accessible from this site. http://www.internships-usa.com/fedct/fedctlink.htm
- Federal Magistrate Law Clerks: Current and upcoming vacancies in the Federal Magistrate Courts with a searchable database. http://fedjudge.org/law_clerks.as
- Judicial Clerkships: Everything you ever wanted to know about a judicial clerkship. http://www.judicialclerks.com