Application Instructions and Materials

Left to Right: SCOTUS Panel – Greg Miller (’12), Professor Tejas Narechania, Linda Lye (’99), Easha Anand (’14) & Eric Stern (CDO)

Left to Right: SCOTUS Panel – Greg Miller (’12), Professor Tejas Narechania, Linda Lye (’99), Easha Anand (’14) & Eric Stern (CDO)


Clerkship Application Checklist 101

  • Know applicable hiring timeline.  
    • For the Class of 2023 and earlier classes, check OSCAR for federal clerkship openings. 
    • State/international court clerkship timelines vary; check the State Court Resources page for resources, and specific courts’ websites for dates.
  • Request letters of recommendation (typically you will need three).
  • Identify and perfect your writing sample.
  • Draft cover letter(s).
    • For best accuracy, use the court addresses listed here for federal judges. 
  • Perfect your clerkship resume.
  • Obtain your transcripts.  
  • Apply! 
    • Applications typically take 3 forms: OSCAR (online), e-mail, or paper.  If you apply to judges who take applications by e-mail or paper, please follow the Non-OSCAR Judge List instructions.

The CDO’s Judicial Clerkship Office is here to help!