Applying Later

What If I Decide That I Want to Apply for a Clerkship Later, or Even After I Graduate?

You can track federal judicial vacancies, nominations, and confirmations through the following websites:

  • (Yale Law School): This site is great for tracking nominations and confirmations. The site also links to the Senate Judiciary Committee site and the site of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. If you click on the "DOJ Status Page" at the bottom of the page, you will be taken to the Office of Legal Policy site, which posts biographical information and endorsements (e.g., newspaper editorials) for pending nominees. The site also contains a link to the THOMAS (Library of Congress online) search engine for nominations.
  • (U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary): This site is best for watching the progression of nominees through the various steps. Note that pending nominations are listed after confirmed nominations.
  • (U.S. Department of Justice): The main page is good for an overview of judicial action nationally. Follow the link for "nominations" to find bios of nominees.
  • (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts): This site is good for an overview of vacancies, categorized by circuit. Note that district court vacancies are listed under each circuit.
  • (University of Michigan Law School): This site is good for tracking both nominations and confirmations, and to find out the mailing addresses of newly-confirmed judges.

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