About Judicial Clerkships
A judicial clerkship is a post-graduate position (usually for one or two years) in which the clerk assists a judge or court with their caseload. Although duties vary by judge, a judicial clerk's typical duties include conducting legal research, assisting in the drafting of opinions, preparing bench memoranda, advising the judge on the resolutions of motions, assisting the judge during trials and other hearings, and directly handling inquiries from litigants. Judicial clerks are also often responsible for other clerical and administrative tasks.
A judicial clerkship is a unique opportunity to work closely with a member of the judiciary and enhance your legal writing and research skills. Clerks gain valuable knowledge about courtroom procedures and the decision-making that occurs within chambers. Many private and public sector employers recognize the value of a clerkship and prefer applicants that have this experience. Additionally, clerks and judges often form close personal relationships that lead to long-term friendships and mentoring. For a list of clerkship openings in the D.C. area, please see the Judicial Clerkship Information spreadsheet on MyWCL