MC Law places special emphasis on the benefits of judicial clerkships. Two seminars are held each year: one early in the first semester and one late in the second semester. 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. Professor Donald Campbell 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 are 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. Judges hire on varying schedules, but some federal judges begin looking at current students judicial clerkship applications as early as the summer after the first year of law school.
In addition to OSCAR, students and alumni should use their Symplicity account to review judicial clerkship vacancy announcements that are sent directly to Career Services.
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
National Center for State Court. http://www.ncsc.org/