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Jobs in the Time of Corona: When to apply for Federal Clerkships

October 05, 2020
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Like most other processes nowadays, federal judges are encouraged to accept applications through the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) Website. OSCAR just announced that the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan pilot program - which sets a standard hiring and application timeline for judicial law clerks to begin following a law student’s second year - has been extended for two more years! 

  • For students who entered law school in 2019 (graduating class of 2022): Judges will not seek or accept formal or informal clerkship applications, or seek or accept formal or informal recommendations, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 14, 2021. Judges also will not directly or indirectly contact applicants, or schedule or conduct formal or informal interviews, or make formal or informal offers, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 15, 2021.
  • For students who entered law school in 2020 (graduating class of 2023): Judges will not seek or accept formal or informal clerkship applications, or seek or accept formal or informal recommendations, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 13, 2022. Judges also will not directly or indirectly contact applicants, or schedule or conduct formal or informal interviews, or make formal or informal offers, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 14, 2022.
  • A judge who makes a clerkship offer will keep it open for at least 48 hours, during which time the applicant will be free to interview with other judges.

This is a two-year extension of the original pilot plan. Participating judges will reconsider their participation after June 2022. After June 2021, participating judges will reconsider the length of time a clerkship offer must remain open.

Students interested in federal clerkships need to open an OSCAR Access account. The OSCAR Applicant Prep Kit has great information about using the system and navigating the federal judicial clerkship application process. Access dates for the graduating class of 2022 and 2023 are being determined and will be announced on the OSCAR website link above when available.

For more information about judicial clerkships - federal, state, and local, visit Lewis & Clark’s Advice on Demand - Judicial Clerkships in the Career Connect Resource Library. 

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