Application Instructions and Materials

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 2021 applying to federal clerkships: the timeline is available here.
    • State/international court clerkship timelines vary.
  • Decide which judges you are applying to.
    • Check hiring availability for federal judges on OSCAR.  
  • Fill out the Clerkship Candidate Questionnaire.
  • Request letters of recommendation.
  • Identify and edit your writing sample to perfection.
  • Draft cover letters.
  • Perfect your clerkship resume.
  • Obtain your transcripts.  
  • Apply! 

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

Familiarize yourself with the Judicial Clerkship Database (JCDB)

Students (and alums) should be familiar with the new JCDB which is contained within the B-Line, our on-line jobs database.  Students should log-in to the B-Line, where they will click on the “Clerkships” tab to access the new JCDB.  (Alums who need an alumni B-Line account should send a request to us at

The primary function of the JCDB is to allow clerkship applicants to create a list of the judges to whom they will be submitting paper applications.  

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