Judicial Clerkships

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 in this web site, please feel free to contact any of the following people:

Melissa H. Burkland, Associate Director, Office of Career and Professional Development
608-262-6444; melissa.burkland@wisc.edu

Prof. Robert Yablon, Chair, Faculty Clerkship Committee
608-890-0218; robert.yablon@wisc.edu

Clerkship Committee Members:  Professor Ion Meyn and Professor Steven Wright

Faculty and Alumni Clerk Information

Many Wisconsin Law School faculty members are former judicial clerks, and they can be an invaluable resource for helping you decide whether to apply for clerkships and to advise you through the application process.

·         A list of those faculty members is available here.

·         A list of recent UWLS graduates who have served (or are currently serving) as judicial clerks is available here.

·         Finally, a list of judges who are UWLS graduates, and to whom you may wish to apply, is available here.

Application Materials 

You will need a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to apply for clerkships.  Learn about cover letters here: http://law.wisc.edu/career/coverletter.html

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.  The OSCAR system can be accessed at https://oscar.symplicity.com.

Useful information on applying for clerkships through OSCAR can be found here.

Interview Information

Information about how to prepare for your judicial clerkship interview and a link to a list of possible interview questions can be found here: https://law.wisc.edu/career/preparation.html

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