The University of Wisconsin Law School administration and faculty encourage students to apply for judicial clerkships. Clerkships provide the unique opportunity to work for a judge for one or two years, and allow you to further develop your research and writing skills, gain insight into the judicial decision-making process, and be exposed to many areas of the law.
If you have questions about judicial clerkships not answered in the materials contained on this page, please feel free to contact any of the following people:
Faculty and Alumni Clerk Information
Many Wisconsin Law School faculty members are former judicial clerks. In addition, many recent UW Law graduates have served or are currently serving in judicial clerkships. Both faculty and alums can be an invaluable resource for helping you decide whether to apply for clerkships and to advise you through the application process. Lastly, if you have interest in applying for a clerkship with a judge that is a UW Law School graduate, we update the list often and encourage you to use it in your searches.
When applying for clerkships, you will need a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. OCPD has created a website that entails key strategies for producing successful application materials, and we invite you to use it as a resource while preparing your application materials. In addition, OCPD is always an available resource. If you have any questions, or would like to set up a time to have your application materials reviewed, feel free to contact us with your questions.
On-Line System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR):
Many federal judges accept applications electronically, rather than via mail, through the OSCAR system. In addition to allowing applicants to apply electronically, the OSCAR system also posts federal clerkship openings, regardless of whether the judges are accepting paper or electronic applications. Additionally, OCPD has compiled a resource to use when navigating OSCAR.
Wanting to learn how to best prepare for your clerkship interview? OCPD has created a resource that will help you prepare for your clerkship interviews. This resource includes basic interview skills and preparation advice, as well as sample questions for a clerkship. Reviewed the page and want to get some practice in? Great - contact us today to have a mock interview scheduled!